Napa River Trail is a hiking and biking trail in Napa, California. It is within John F. Kennedy Memorial Park. It is 2.8 miles long and begins at 7 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 5.5 miles with a total elevation gain of 65 feet. Near the trailhead there is parking. Lot J and other parkings can be seen along the trail. There are also wetlands along the trail.
Napa River Trail Professional Reviews and Guides
"The Napa River flows for nearly 55 miles through the entire length of the Napa Valley. The section of the Napa River Trail at JFK Park offers hikers the chance to view the river as it is nearing its mouth at San Pablo Bay.
The Napa River is the largest waterway in the Napa Valley. Though it is a diminutive stream in the northern part of the valley near Calistoga, by the time it arrives at the city of Napa, it is much larger and runs through the center of town. There has been an effort in Napa to construct a trail along the river as it flows through the city. Though it has not been completed, several unconnected sections have been constructed and make great hikes in the heart of the city. The best section, claiming the most natural setting and the best views of the southern end of Napa Valley, is the section that leads to JFK Park, just south of the city."
--Bubba Suess, Hiking California's Wine Country (Falcon Guides).
"Kennedy Memorial Park runs along the Napa River south of downtown Napa. The diverse 350-acre park has picnic areas, ball fields, a boat launch, an 18-hole golf course, the River to Ridge Trail to Skyline Wilderness Park, and this hike—a section of the Napa River Trail. The trail follows a 1.6-mile stretch of the river from the south end of the park to the bridge at Imola Avenue. The river trail is being constructed in sections. When complete, it will provide river-front recreational opportunities for hikers, fishermen, joggers, and bicyclists for seven contiguous miles, from Kennedy Park to Trancas Street in downtown Napa."
--Robert Stone, Day Hikes Around Napa Valley (Day Hike Books).
"The expansive Napa River floodplain, a fertile wetland that supports healthy populations of songbirds, shorebirds, and wildflowers, is the setting for this easy paved trail."
--Tracy Salcedo-Chourré, Best Easy Day Hikes: San Francisco's North Bay (Falcon Guides).
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