Where will the Vine Trail go?
Imagine… One trail — connecting people & places, culture & commerce, residents & visitors.
One trail — a 47-mile linear park, perfect for walking, biking, running.
One safe and sustainable trail — inviting people of all ages, all abilities to move and improve their lives.
—FROM THE NAPA RIVER WETLANDS TO CALISTOGA’S HOT SPRINGS: Beginning in historic Vallejo’s Ferry Terminal (thus linking with the greater Bay Area), the Vine Trail will continue north for 47 miles, through the world-renowned vineyards and towns of Napa Valley, to its northern gateway in Calistoga at the Oat Hill Mine Trail (Hwy29/ Silverado Trail) at the foot of Mount St. Helena.
—10 SECTIONS: The Napa Valley is world-famous, above all, for its vineyards and their appellations. To reflect this unique sense of place, we have organized the Vine Trail route into 10 SECTIONS:, each named for the city or vineyard AVA (American Viticultural Area) the trail passes through. From north to south, these are: Calistoga, St. Helena, Rutherford, Oakville, Yountville, Oak Knoll District, Downtown Napa, Vista Carneros, American Canyon, and Vallejo. The 47-mile Vine Trail route has been mapped and its ten sections are in various stages of design or construction. We are assembling a comprehensive map of the valley and the proposed routes and parcel owners that have agreed to help as part of this project. The map will be posted here as soon as it is available.
- The process will be open and inclusive
- No vineyard land will be taken out of production
- All easements, use agreements, etc. will be voluntary
- Provisions will be made for ongoing maintenance & upkeep
- The result will be as beautiful as our Napa Valley
—AG RESPECT: The Vine Trail Coalition is a proud partner in AG RESPECT and encourages all our friends to visit AGRESPECT.org and take the pledge to protect our working farms. The Vine Trail route is being designed in full cooperation with all the valley’s communities, governments, and the county’s celebrated Agricultural Preserve—a pioneering land-zoning ordinance that has prevented over-development in Napa Valley by establishing agriculture and open space as the “best use” for the land. By largely following scenic Hwy. 29’s existing transportation corridor, the Vine Trail furthers its environmental benefits, supports the traditional agricultural activities of the region, and honors the Ag Preserve.
—SPINE OF LARGER TRAIL NETWORK: The Vine Trail will be the key connector for hiking and biking trails, bike lanes/paths, and public transportation throughout the county plus, via Vallejo’s ferry, to the 9-county Bay Area. At several points along the way, the Vine Trail will share routes with the Bay Area Ridge Trail, San Francisco Bay Trail and with the Napa River Trail.
—A 21st CENTURY SOLUTION: The route alignment fosters more livable, family-friendly communities for Napa Valley residents, providing countless local uses for school children, work commuter, and free access to healthy fitness and recreation. At the same time, the Vine Trail will provide a powerful new reason for visitors to choose us, to come again and again to our beautiful wine country, and to more fully enjoy—and extend—their Napa Valley stay.
PROJECT TIME PERIOD: While the NVVT Capital Campaign seeks to be complete by 2014, public funding and construction of the full extent of the Vine Trail is likely a 10-or-more-year project. More optimistically however, significant portions of the Vine Trail will open within the next 2-5 years, “connecting the dots” between new and existing trail sections. Next up: building 6 miles in the Oak Knoll District Section connecting Yountville to Napa in 2014.
POPULATION SERVED: When completed, the Vine Trail will offer free and safe access to the outdoors for leisure or commuting to all residents and all visitors. Approximately 85% of Napa County’s residential population and nearly 100% of our 5 million visitors will be within a 10 minute walk to access the Vine Trail. It will become one of the most popular Class I trails in the country, with an estimated 3 million annual users—half bicyclists, half walkers/runners; half residents, half visitors to Napa Valley.