A sip-and-step guide to hiking the Napa Valley

Here’s a wine country secret that can help you raise your glass and your heart rate. Along with the Napa Valley’s famous wine-tasting trails, there are miles of scenic trails of the hiking variety, beckoning visitors who want to exercise more than their palates.

“There are so many great places up here,” says John Conover, partner and general manager of Odette Estate winery and an avid hiker.

From the mellow stroll of the Napa Vine Trail on the valley floor to more rugged hauls into the hills, hiking options have expanded in California wine country, and so has interest in wine country walking.

“It used to be people would come to Napa just asking about wine and food,” says Conover. Now, tasting-room visitors frequently ask about outdoor options as well, something he attributes to the general interest in staying fit.

Wine country visitors who want a taste of the outdoors have lots of options.

Here’s a sampling of some wine country trails…

 

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