Napa County, California

Napa River Trail/Napa Valley Vine Trail

David H. Collier/Visit Napa Valley

This gorgeous paved path bordering the Napa River through the town of Napa is one of the best off-road running options around. Most runners pick up the trail in Kennedy Park and follow it north for about 5 km to Napa Riverfront Green. From here, the route can be extended by crossing over the 3rd Street Bridge and turn RIGHT onto the Riverfront Promenade. These paths extend into China Point Park and Oxbow Commons for an additional mile. Here, runners can turn LEFT onto the Napa Valley Vine Trail which extends into Union, then along St. Helena Highway to Yountville. 

The northern extension of the path is non-contiguous with the rest of the trail, but makes a great run on its own. The prized section is the Trancas Crossing Path, a 1 mile loop to the north of the Knobhill shopping center. To the south of the shopping center, the Napa River Trail stretches about 1.5 miles to Lincoln Ave. 

Challenge/Trail Run Option: See our River to Ridge Trail route, which can start in Kennedy Park.

  • Napa River Trail: 4 miles one-way; Trancas Crossing: Up to 3.7 miles out and back; Napa Valley Vine Trail: multiple distance options
  • Flat
  • Kennedy Park or Trancas Crossing Park
  • Highway 121