- 70 miles north of San Francisco
- State Parks
- 300 to 2,000 feet feet
Located in the heart of the beautiful Napa Valley wine country, Bothe-Napa Valley State Park offers camping, picnicking, swimming, and hiking trails that go through stands of coastal redwoods as well as forests of Douglas-fir, tanoak, and madrone.
Daytime visitors can enjoy a leisurely stroll in Ritchey Canyon on the Redwood Trail to view the delicate ferns and listen to the water splashing down the rocky creekbed. Bring your wine and cheese and picnic under the towering Douglas Firs.
On hot summer days, grab a swimsuit and towel and come enjoy a dip in the park's swimming pool orconsider taking a horseback ride.
The large picnic grounds are located in the day use area and are even available for group events and getaways. A covered area for group use contains picnic tables, a sink and an electrical outlet with a horseshoe pit and wheelchair-accessible restroom nearby.
Whether you visit the back country on a several hour hike or take a mere stroll along the creekbed, you will enjoy a close-up look at all the natural beauty that the park has to offer. There are well over 10 miles of trail for your indulgence.
Most of the park is rugged. Plant life hides much of the park''s geology, which is principally volcanic, but you can see a reminder of the area''s violent geologic past in the volcanic ash cliffs of upper Ritchey Canyon.
The park is home to raccoons, gray squirrels, deer, foxes, bobcats, and coyotes to name a few, but they are sometimes difficult to spot because of their nocturnal habits and the heavy forest cover. Several species of birds can be easily detected though, including the six kinds of woodpecker that inhabit the park. The spectacular crow-sized pileated woodpecker is one of them. On a more rare occasion a spotted owl can be found, perched high in a redwood tree.
Located by the entrance to the park is the visitor center, which has displays, brochures and sale items. Brochures (hiking maps) are also available at the entrance station. Next to the park''s visitor center is the Native American Garden which displays some of the plants important to the first people of this area. Today, many of the same plants are used by the Wappo people. A guide for the garden is available by mail or in the visitor center to broaden one''s understanding of the first people.
Near the day use/picnic area is the Pioneer Cemetery, resting-place of some of the original settlers of the Napa Valley. The cemetery is an interesting place to visit while on a day hike, and is currently under restoration to return it to its original, mid-1800s appearance.
Interpretive programs are offered throughout the year. Most of the programs including morning walks and evening campfires are scheduled in the summer. For exact scheduling check the park''s bulletin boards. Special programs can be arranged for groups by calling the park.