Combine hiking and wine country
There are thousands of hikers that also enjoy wine tasting and wine country. Hiking is great exercise and a wonderful way to reduce stress. Nothing beats being out in nature. Once hiking is done, now it is reward time. Hit the tasting room and enjoy the wine country. You can also pack a lunch and enjoy a glass or bottle of local wine with a picnic after your hike. We have done all of these adventures in recent years. Check out a list of our recommended hikes and where to taste wine.
Hike or Run These Wine Country Trails
- Alston Park – Napa Valley
- Armstrong Grove – Russian River Valley
- Healdsburg Ridge Hike
- Montgomery Woods State Natural Reserve – Hopland Wineries
- Moore Creek Park – Napa Valley
- Peninsula Open Space and Thomas Fogarty Winery
- Pinnacles National Park – Hollister Wine Country
- Picchetti Winery and Picchetti Ranch Open Space
- Riverfront Regional Park – Russian River Valley
- Robert Lewis Stevenson State Park Hike – Calistoga*
* There are two entrances to the hiking trails in Robert Lewis Stevenson State Park. The south entrance is where Highway 29 meets the Silverado Trail in Calistoga. The northern entrance is 7 miles north. For a vigorous hike and for fitness geeks, the Table Rock hike is 4.5 miles. Not recommended in hot weather.
Most of these hikes in wine country can also be enjoyed by runners. These trails get you off the roads and into nature.
Tips for hiking in wine country
- We like to travel as light as possible. Bring your mobile phone to take scenic shots along the trail. A phone is also useful in the chance you or someone has an emergency. Most of the trails near the wineries are in cell phone range.
- Water is a must anytime you hike in wine country. We each use a Clean Kanteen, a light, and sturdy stainless steel water container.
- Depending on the trail, a pair of hiking or trekking poles will be very handy. For trails that have hills, the poles will help the knees.
- A reliable pair of hiking shoes is a bonus. Your feet will appreciate the shoes. Treads on hiking shoes very much help with footing on the route.
- We always carry a few healthy snacks. Trail mix or energy bars are easy to carry.