Fall is the best time of year to get outside and enjoy the fresh air before winter’s chilly weather isn’t quite so lovely. It’s a great time to get yourself, family, and friends in the open air and make memories that will last a lifetime.
American Canyon here in Napa Valley has some of the most beautiful outdoor parks and preserves in the entire Bay Area. We’re a destination for outdoor recreation and natural beauty. We have spaces fit for everyone, whether you seek running, walking, hiking, or biking opportunities on one of our trails, bird watching in our wetlands or open spaces, or leisurely playtime with your kids at one of our city parks. From verdant open spaces in the rolling hills above the valley floor to beautiful wetlands rich with wildlife, American Canyon is a hiker’s dream.
American Wetlands Trail
The waters, wetlands, and uplands are part of an interconnected watershed system that drains into San Francisco Bay, the largest estuary on the Pacific coasts of North and South America.
● Wetlands Edge Trail – This path follows Wetlands Edge Road from
Eucalyptus Drive to Kensington Way.
● Congressman Mike Thompson’s Hike and Bike Loop Trail (horses
● Napa River View – Once over the pedestrian bridge, turn left and follow the path out to the river. Local residents call this area Glass
Beach due to the tumbled glass that can be found on the shore.
● Napa River Bay Trail North to Green Island – This trail will take you up to the northern portion of the Napa River and the Bay Trail.
Newell Open Space Preserve
Newell Open Space Preserve is a 5.3 mile lightly trafficked loop trail
located near American Canyon that features beautiful wildflowers and is
rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, trail
running, and nature trips and is accessible year-round — the perfect,
easy hike with your little ones.
Eagle Vines Golf Club in Napa Valley is an 18 hole, par 72 golf course. Designed in part by the World Golf Hall of Famer, Johnny Miller, this Napa Golf Club is not only challenging, but an excellent way to indulge all the senses. Spend a day here at Eagle Vines’ golf course, and it may quickly become one of your favorite Bay Area golf courses. The Grill at Eagle Vines has excellent ambiance with its panoramic views of the golf course, and it offers Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner, as well as, a full bar. Eagle Vines is one of the very few golf courses that is not surrounded by homes; it’s just pure golf in nature.
Outdoor Wine Tasting
A 15-minute drive will have you in the Carneros region, recognized for fantastic pinot noir and chardonnay. And don’t forget nearby Sonoma Valley!
Bouchaine Vineyards is located in Carneros, the bucolic southern portion of Napa Valley closest to San Francisco, Marin and the East Bay. Here, you don’t have to fight traffic or the crowds to taste delicious wine. Bring your friends. Bring your dog. Listen to the birds in their garden and enjoy some of their rare, special-production wines.
Family-owned, with over 100 acres of vines, Bouchaine offers small production wines not available in the regular marketplace around the country. The winery tastings frequently showcase different clones of pinot noir and chardonnay, bottled separately for comparison. Birdsong
and vineyard views will welcome you during your tasting experience.
Falconry, chocolate cooking classes, stargazing, biking in the vineyard, chamber music, vineyard tours, and barrel tastings all rotate through the winery’s monthly special events.
American Canyon is beautiful this time of year. With close proximity to the vineyards of Napa and Sonoma Counties, a short ferry ride from San Francisco, and a great jumping-off point to explore the rest of Northern California. Make American Canyon your home base when you travel to the wine country!