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“Short to medium hikes, great views, good for kids, 90+ degrees stay away.”

Skyline Wilderness Park
Ranked #31 of 190 things to do in Napa
Certificate of Excellence
Sacramento, California, United States
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118 reviews
43 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
“Short to medium hikes, great views, good for kids, 90+ degrees stay away.”
Reviewed 30 July 2014

Skyline Wilderness Park is a hilly maze of hiking/running trails at the southern end of Napa Valley, just five minutes from downtown Napa. Ideal for spring and fall hikes as the summer temps can reach 90F+. You'll enjoy valley views and scenic, often shaded trails with ferns, a reservoir and other interesting sights.

Despite its name, the park is not really wilderness at all. It's kid- and dog-friendly and the trails are well marked for the novice hiker - you can hike for an hour, or up to four. Admission/parking is $5/vehicle.

Visited February 2014
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Kernersville, North Carolina
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27 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“Great location, good facilities”
Reviewed 27 July 2014

Close to Napa, good price, great staff, good services, a little dusty, not much shade, plenty of room.

Visited July 2014
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Santa Barbara, California
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46 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Nice to have a place to hike right here in town”
Reviewed 24 July 2014

I live about 4 miles from this park and can bike to it...which is nice because then I don't have to pay for the $5 parking fee. If you do go by car though, the fee is worth it as it helps to maintain the park.

Nice trails - some easy some moderate and a couple difficult. It also has an interesting history as it was owned by the "Insane Asylum" years ago. If you hike up the Lake Marie trail you will find some interesting things...

Visited June 2014
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Chico, California
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104 reviews
39 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
“Great Trail for running”
Reviewed 14 July 2014

When travelling I always look for nice trails to run on, so when I review a park like this, it's mostly based on the run-ability factor. The Skyline Trail is a great option. There are actually 25 miles of trails in this wilderness park, with the main one being the Skyline Trail. My 13 mile run had over 2600 feet of climbing, so it gives you an idea of the hilly nature of the park. Great views of Napa Valley, and lots of wildlife. When in Napa I would definitely plan to run again on these trails. If you need water, be sure to bring it with you, there was none to be found on the trails.

Visited July 2014
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Newton, Massachusetts
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26 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“CRAZY Hike”
Reviewed 30 June 2014

So....the welcoming signs warn of rattlesnakes, mountain lion and a 'do not enter' to a state hospital. The trails are not well marked when there are forks in the road and sometimes you have to move around to find signs that might help lead you in the right direction. HOWEVER, do not be intimidated. The views are spectacular. The wilderness wonderful. The Thatchers Rim Rock Trail is the most difficult part of this hike. Even for experienced hikers! It took us the full four hours by following Skyline and Buckeye. Do It ..... Just Do It! Than have some wine!

Visited June 2014
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