Bothe-Napa Valley State Park
Located in the heart of the beautiful Napa Valley wine
country, the 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.
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
creek bed. Bring your wine and cheese and picnic under the towering Douglas
On hot summer days, grab a swimsuit and towel and come enjoy
a dip in the park's swimming pool open on weekends, beginning on Memorial
Day weekend through mid-June, then daily through Labor Day, from 12- 6 p.m.
There is an additional fee for the use of the swimming pool, to be paid at
the park entrance.
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 creek bed, 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, with elevations ranging from 300
to 2,000 feet. You will notice a pattern in the vegetation: the forests are
on the north-facing slopes and in canyons, while south-facing slopes tend to
be brushy; redwoods grow only near creeks or springs.
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.