The Napa Valley Vine Trail Coalition is a grass-roots nonprofit with a vision to build a walking/biking trail system to connect the entire Napa Valley--physically, artistically, and culturally. WITH YOUR HELP we are working to design, fund, construct, and maintain 47 safe and scenic miles of level, paved, family-friendly, pet-friendly, free-access Class I trail, stretching from Vallejo's Ferry to Calistoga.
The Vine Trail’s ranks of members and supporters have grown to over 5,000 since we started in September 2008. THANK YOU for your support and advocacy! Your dollars and volunteer hours are at the core of our ability to bring this ambitious plan to reality.
The Coalition is our grassroots effort to implement the Napa Greenway Feasibility Study, a study commissioned by the Napa County Transportation and Planning Agency that outlined a plan for a multi-use trail from Calistoga to Vallejo. The northern portion of trail implementation runs from the Napa Crosstown Commuter bike trail at Trancas Street and Highway 29 in Napa, to the Calistoga Bike Trail at Dunaweal Lane in Calistoga - a distance of 22 miles. The route here will follow Highway 29 and the Wine Train tracks.
The southern portion of the Vine Trail extends from Trancas and Highway 29 southeast across Napa, along the Wine Train Tracks to Soscol Avenue, and then south along the river through Kennedy Park to American Canyon. From there, both a river route and an inland route are under investigation to meet up with the existing biking and hiking path in Vallejo that currently ends at the intersection of Highways 29 and 37.
We want to make this effort as open and available as possible to the entire valley community and so have created this website to communicate up to the minute information on what’s happening. The downside of course, is that this information will change over time, and often. Our modest disclaimer: though you’ve seen it here, it may not be a done deal. All the more reason for the most open of communication lines; we’ll continue to rely on your comments on every aspect of what we are doing. Please send us your thoughts, suggestions and ideas… the Vine Trail is for you!
Throughout this process we pledge to the community that:
For an in-depth look at the goals and processes of the coalition and the Vine Trail, please peruse The Napa Valley Vine Trail Coalition Case Statement here.
Who are you and what are you doing?
We are a group of volunteers that have come together to build a county-wide walking and biking trail from the Vallejo Ferry Terminal to Calistoga.
Where will the trail go, specifically?
The trail will follow Highway 29 and the existing Wine Train tracks north of Napa. South of Napa it will follow the Wine Train Tracks and the Napa River. As soon as we have a postable map it will be added to the Vine Trail Route page.
Is a trail an asset or a liability to Napa Valley?
We think most people will agree that having such a trail would be a huge benefit for the community; many studies of existing trails, including several listed on our Resources page, have shown exactly that. Public trails are used extensively by both local residents and visitors, and generate economic benefits on the order of $50 per use. They also have recreational, health, environmental and social benefits that go far beyond monetary and/or commercial value.
How are you going to get property owners to agree to this?
Studies have shown that before a trail is put in, there are usually concerns on the part of property owners or neighbors over crime, real estate values, privacy and liability issues (the "CRPL" four that can cripple a trail's development). These studies also demonstrate that these fears are unfounded. Crime along trails is lower than the area average, real estate values are marginally higher for properties on trails, privacy issues can be minimized through proper design, liability is low in theory and lower in practice around existing trails, and landowners are specifically protected in California by Civil Code section 846. See the link to the 372 trail study on our links page for more!
How much will it cost and where will the money come from?
See the cost estimate on the Resources page for the latest estimate of how much the trail will cost. There are a number of federal and state sources of funding for trails; we hope to create a compelling story to win access to funds for at least half of the project, with fundraising events and capital campaign donations providing the remaining half.
Does the Federal Government Support these kinds of efforts?
The Federal government is increasingly recognizing the need to support non-motorized modes of transportation (also called active transportation). In the last Transportation Bill 6 years ago only 1% of the funds went to active transportation projects, yet 12-15% of all trips were non-motorized and over 20% of all transportation injuries were to walkers and bikers. On March 15th, the Department of Transportation issued new guidelines putting active transportation on equal footing to motorized uses for all new federally funded projects. http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/environment/bikeped/policy_accom.htm Additionally, HR4722 is a new bill introduced in congress to add $2 Billion in funding for active transportation projects in the next Transportation Bill. The Vine Trail Coalition supports this bill and encourages you to voice your support to Congress as well.