Explore Napa’s Bike Trails
Enjoy the California weather paired with stunning vineyard views when you choose to explore Napa Valley by bike. Below, Chief Concierge Sharon Trieste gives her recommendations.
“The Carneros bike path is the closest area to The Meritage Resort and Spa, with sweeping views of the vineyards and many small boutique wineries,” Trieste says. Another option, the Silverado Trail to Calistoga path, is located on the east side of Napa Valley and is more of a straight path from south to north and back again, she adds.
“Solano Avenue to Yountville, continuing to Silverado … [looping] back to Napa is a bit more urban, yet you are still surrounded by grapevines and views of [the] hills that make Napa Valley so special,” Trieste says.
Bike-friendly wineries you can see along the way include Judd’s Hill Winery (2332 Silverado Trail, Napa), Pine Ridge Vineyards (5901 Silverado Trail, Napa), ZD Wines (8383 Silverado Trail, Napa), Hunnicutt Wines (3524 Silverado Trail, St. Helena), Dutch Henry Winery (4300 Silverado Trail, Calistoga) and Lava Vine (965 Silverado Trail, Calistoga).
In addition to the existing bike routes, Napa Valley is in the process of building a bike path called the Napa Valley Vine Trail. “Many sections are already complete, and the entire trail from Vallejo to Calistoga will be completed within the next few years,” Trieste says. “The trail will follow Highway 29 and the existing Wine Train tracks north of Napa. South of Napa it will follow the Wine Train tracks and the Napa River.”
Visitors can download a current bike map from Visit Napa Valley or visit the Napa Valley Welcome Center at 600 Main St. in Napa to plan out their itineraries. For those in need of bicycle rentals, services or products, Trieste recommends the following local shops: Calistoga Bikeshop, St. Helena Cyclery, The Hub Bicycles, Napa River Velo or Bicycle Works.
With its temperate climate, beautiful views and amazing stops, one thing is clear: Napa Valley is the perfect place to explore by bike.