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Jonh F. Kennedy Memorial Park

This 340-acre park at the southern end of the city of Napa encompasses the 2.5-mile Napa River Trail, the 1-mile paved River to Ridge Trail, several sports fields, a golf course, a boat launch, and an area for flying radio-controlled model airplanes. Lawns shaded by large trees surround the picnic grounds, where many tables set on decomposed granite...
This 340-acre park at the southern end of the city of Napa encompasses the 2.5-mile Napa River Trail, the 1-mile paved River to Ridge Trail, several sports fields, a golf course, a boat launch, and an area for flying radio-controlled model airplanes. Lawns shaded by large trees surround the picnic grounds, where many tables set on decomposed granite have barbecue grills at wheelchair height. There is a ramp onto the playground, but the wood fiber surface may be challenging if your wheelchair has small front casters.

The River to Ridge Trail starts near the boat launch, passes the picnic grounds, and runs parallel to the park’s entrance road. It has some moderate slopes, and for wheelchair riders its only draw is the duck pond—after you pass that, the pavement ends (at Highway 221, where there are no curb cuts). Across the road, the trail resumes as a dirt path, continuing to Skyline County Park a mile away; I didn't explore this route on my visit.

Trail/Pathway Details

Napa River Trail

Trailhead: Boat launch

Length: 2-4 total miles

Typical Width: 4 ft. & above

Typical Grade: Level

The entire trail is level except for a slight slope at the southern end as it leaves the river and heads east toward the hills and ball fields, and one as you approach the northern section of trail from the boat launch.

Terrain: Hard

Description

This levee trail follows the Napa River, but you actually see more of the marsh terraces that were built to protect against floods than you do of the river itself. You will, however, see and hear a lot of birds: On my visit, I watched a northern harrier hawk hover low in the marsh in search of...
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Accessibility Details

The facilities listed below meet all of our access criteria unless otherwise noted.

All of the park’s lots have several accessible spaces, except for the one at the duck pond and a gravel lot before the park’s main entrance. Two are in the middle of the park; they have no sink, but faucets are outside. The doors at the ones near the playground were hard to open. An accessible porta-potty is by the baseball fields.
Tables throughout the park can be reserved: 707-257-9529.
Northern end of River Trail
Northern end of River Trail (Bonnie Lewkowicz)

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  • bicycling
  • boating
  • hiking
  • particularly good for families
  • picnic

Additional Information

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Website: www.cityofnapa.org
Managing Agency: City of Napa
Address: Hwy. 121 at Streblow Dr.
Nearest City: Napa
Phone: (707) 257-9529
Hours: Park: 7 am–8 pm. Napa River Trail: Sunrise to sunset. Model plane flying area: 8 am–2 pm.
Fees: None
Dogs: On leash
Must be on a leash no longer than six feet
Public Transportation: Vine Transit
Reviewed by Bonnie Lewkowicz, November 24, 2014
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