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Napa County, California

A Comprehensive Guide to the Best Places to Run in Napa

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We’ve researched an extensive number of running routes in bucolic California wine country, the vast northern Bay area anchored by Napa and Sonoma counties. This guide is specific to Napa county, which spans the valley from American Canyon and the mouth of the Napa River in the south, to the community of Calistoga at the base of Mount St. Helena in the north. Running in the Napa area features numerous off-road trails and quiet roads through rolling foothills and lush river basin vineyards, with world-class dining and wine-tasting establishments available for a post-run reward!

Within central Napa, the most popular running spots are the paved Napa River Trail, and the Napa Vine Trail. The scenic Silverado Trail road is runnable, as it has a wide shoulder — and we’ve also mapped some scenic loops off its 27-mile length. Trail runners of every level will enjoy Alston Park, Skyline Wilderness Park, and Westwood Hill Park. There are also some very scenic routes north of Napa, near Calistoga and Deer Park, and south of Napa, such as Stanly Lane and the American Canyon Wetlands. For more, see our guide to Sonoma County.

A car is generally needed to get around this area. There is some public bus transportation (Vine Transit) around central Napa, but schedules reaching into the valley are somewhat limited on nights and weekends.

Thanks to the team at Visit Napa Valley for providing photos and route suggestions for this guide!

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Napa County, California

Our routes north of Napa city not only include scenic flat roads and loops along The Silverado Trail, but a variety of trail runs in Robert Louis Stevenson and Bothe Napa Valley State Parks.
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The climate in the Napa area is pretty delightful for running year-round. Summers are warm but not overly hot, with average high temperatures near 80F (26C). Spring and fall are cooler, with temperatures in the mid-60s, though there can be some warm spikes. Winters are mild, with high temperatures in the mid-50s (13C), with cool nights (mid-30sF/3-7C). Most of the 20 inches of average annual precipitation falls in the winter months. There can be some rainy spells.  Note — even in summer, nights can be cool, so you might need a layer for those early morning runs!

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Napa and its surrounding neighborhoods all feature great places to stay. See the Napa Valley tourism site for lodging options.

Like many cities in active California, Napa has great options for running stores, including Napa Running Company and Athletic Feat. Napa Running Company hosts group runs Wednesdays at 6 pm and Saturdays at 8:30 am. The Napa Valley Vinerunners also do a Tuesday night track run.

This calendar from the Athletic Feat running store is a good resource for local running events.

There are tons of great running events in this area, including the Napa Half Marathon, the Napa Valley Women’s Marathon, the Napa to Sonoma Wine Country Half Marathon & Rosé 5k, and more. See upcoming races at active.com.