Napa River Ecological Reserve

Yountville, California

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The Napa River Ecological Reserve is an important wildlife habitat that straddles the Napa River east of Yountville. The 73-acre oasis, surrounded by vineyards, is managed by the California Department of Fish and Game. The Napa River and Conn Creek flow through the heart of the reserve. This level trail loops through an old-growth woodland on the east side of the Napa River and along Conn Creek. It is a popular spot for hiking, fishing, and bird watching. The lush vegetation supports a diverse wildlife population, acting as a residence and migratory stopover with food, water, and shelter. The flood-plain habitat is rich with more than 230 plant species, including the dominant oaks draped with lace lichen, California bay, Oregon ash, cottonwood, willow, buckeye, twisting grapevines, and thickets of blackberry shrubs.

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"The Napa River Ecological Reserve is an important wildlife habitat that straddles the Napa River east of Yountville. The 73-acre oasis, surrounded by vineyards, is managed by the California Department of Fish and Game. The Napa River and Conn Creek flow through the heart of the reserve. This level trail loops through an old-growth woodland on the east side of the Napa River and along Conn Creek. It is a popular spot for hiking, fishing, and bird watching. The lush vegetation supports a diverse wildlife population, acting as a residence and migratory stopover with food, water, and shelter. The flood-plain habitat is rich with more than 230 plant species, including the dominant oaks draped with lace lichen, California bay, Oregon ash, cottonwood, willow, buckeye, twisting grapevines, and thickets of blackberry shrubs."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Yountville
Distance: 1.2
Elevation Gain: Minimal
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 0.75 hours
Season: Year-round
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Maps: U.S.G.S. Yountville

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