Rving In Skyline Wilderness Park-Napa, CA

Rving In Skyline Wilderness Park-Napa, CA

As we headed up to Napa Valley, we weren’t sure we could find a nice rural setting for our campsite. Boy, were we wrong! Skyline Wilderness Park certainly changed our minds !

Oak Trees and rolling grass hills

The Skyline Wilderness Park at 2201 Imola Ave, Napa, was a very pleasant surprise. At the beginning of the foothills, the park covers about 2 square miles of rolling hills with forests of old oak trees. There are a few small lakes that you can hike to on paths that wind all over the park.

Hiking Trails in the park-Reprinted with permission of Skylinepark.org

It is very quiet and relaxing, with plenty of wildlife roaming the grounds. You will see birds of all kinds, including turkey vultures, and red tail hawks soaring slowly over the fields. You are only 2 miles from Soscol road (highway 221) that will lead you into more of the Napa valley with vineyards everywhere.

Grapevines ripening in the California sun

You can go for a morning hike, and then go for an afternoon of wine tasting!

This park used to be part of the Napa State Hospital complex. Some excess hospital land was up for sale in 1979 and some local groups approached the management with a plan for use of the property. This was unique since there never has been a private community leasing state land for a park system. The Skyline Park Citizens Association was formed, got approval, and now runs the park with plans of operation submitted every 5 years to the state.

It is used for day use as well as camping, both RV and tent. Also uses like archery, disc golf, equestrian riding, hiking and more. There are clubs that use the park too. For example, Archery Club, Skyline Tail Riders, Eagle Bike Riders Club, to name a few.

Full and partial hookups for RVs-Reprinted with permission from SKylinepark.org

We enjoyed the RV camping. They have 20 spaces with electrical and water hookups only and 19 spaces with full hookups. We saw rigs in the range of 40+feet long in the park. Not too many spots, so be sure to plan ahead and reserve yourself a place. A clubhouse is available for groups to use, so contact them for further information.

Shade covered paths

We walked on Lake Marie road, crossed over to Lake Camille on a small side-path. It was an easy stroll with a moderate grade on this particular path. The road itself goes on for about 2 miles and ends at Lake Marie.

Flowers were everywhere and so were the bees.

The park is just off Imola Street. If you head up highway 29 toward Napa Valley, take the right hand Lake Berryessa turnoff onto highway 221. As you pass Napa College on the left and Napa State Hospital on the right you will come to a lighted intersection. This is Imola.

Street map to the park-Reprinted with permission of Skylinepark.org

Turn right at the intersection and stay straight for about 2 miles. The entrance to the park is on the right, just when the road bends a 90-degree turn to the left. On the website you can get more information on what you can do, paths to take and much more:

http://skylinepark.org/skylinesite/


 

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