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“Alston Park perfect in any season”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Alston Park

Alston Park
Ranked #77 of 186 things to do in Napa
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Napa, California
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11 reviews
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“Alston Park perfect in any season”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2013

Alston Park is perfect in any season. While some of the trails can be muddy during the winter, they are very useable. There are panoramic views from the hills, an off leash dog area and a dog play area. Mountain biking is also popular and it is an excellent park for cross country training. The users are friendly and helpful. Spring offers lots of trees in blossom and wildflowers. Benches are well placed throughout the park and there are a few picnic tables at strategic view points.

Visited October 2013
2 Thank Judy W
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English first
los angeles
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6 reviews
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“Great place to run the dogs!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 August 2013

It's fairly close to downtown Napa and easy to find. It was a bit dry in the hot August heat, but there was plenty of room for the dogs to play and lots of other friendly dog-owners as well. Plus it's surrounded by beautiful vineyards!

Visited August 2013
1 Thank john3stg
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Sonoma, California
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5 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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“Fun dog trail”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 June 2013

A really cool place to let your dog off the leash and run untethered. My girl and I can get our exercise and let Jonah run freely and socialize as he pleases. We wish we lived closer!

Visited July 2012
1 Thank Lawrence T
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Napa, California
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37 reviews
9 attraction reviews
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“Dog Heaven”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 April 2013

My two German Shorthair Pointers visit Alston Park almost every day of the year. They start whining and barking 1/2 mile away in anticipation. When we arrive and I drop the tailgate, they jump out the back like they were shot from a Roman candle!
Alston is the best off leash park in Napa. At the south end of the park there is are two fenced areas that have dog toys, kiddie wading pools and usually, lots of friendly dogs to play with. If you head up the small hill to the west there are acres of open meadow to explore. Be aware that the upper meadow is not securely fenced and dogs can escape if they have an inclination. Hot air balloons also land in the vicinity, so keep your dog leashed if they are apprehensive about these monsters in the sky!
Some points to remember:
- Check the maps and signs and note the boundaries of the on and off leash area.
- The north end of the park has a separate parking lot, and dogs are required to be on leash. It also has the best hiking trails, so if your are not looking to walk with your dog off leash this is the plase to be.
- Always pick up after your dogs. Bags are available.
- Not every dog is friendly to other dogs all the time. If you have a young dog that does not yet know doggy good manners, they may get a lesson in the form of a nip. That is how they learn. It is a good idea to keep dogs that are not well socialized on leash untill they catch on.
- The park can be very muddy after extensive winter rains. While your dog thinks that is great fun, be sure to wear some rubber boots. The rains create some seasonal ponds so be prepared for a wet dog. (maybe bring a towel?)
- Foxtails are a problem late Spring and Summer. You are taking a chance by letting your dog run in the tall grass.
- Ticks. Late Spring and Summer. Try spraying your dog just before entering the park. Spray yourself around your ankles. Staying on the wide trails great reduces tick problems. Check your dog and yourself afterwards.
- Hot air balloons take off up valley just before sunrise. They frequently land in the north end of the park and are a great show. It is very memorable to time your visit with their landing. Keep your dog on leash until they demonstrate they are not too nervous.
- The parking lot has been the scene of many car break-ins. Leave your purse and valuables out of sight and your will not have a problem. I have seen many purses and expensive electronics left sitting in plain sight. Come on people, use your head.
- The park can be crowded week nights and week ends. Come out early, late and mid-week to maximize the natural setting.
- If the parking lot is full you can park accross the street or at the LDS church.

So if you see a large male and a large female GSP at Alston, say hi to Jake and Kaluha. They are always looking to make new friends.

Visited April 2013
4 Thank Loren H
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San Francisco, California, United States
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41 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“best dog park around”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 April 2013

so wonderful - lots of dogs, beautiful scenery, friendly dog owners. love coming on saturday morning around 11 - 'yappy hour' time with tons of dogs to socialize.

Visited March 2013
1 Thank Sarah S
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