Bothe-Napa Valley State Park

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About Bothe-Napa Valley State Park

Didn’t know about the state park in Northern California wine country? It’s time you learn a bit about Bothe-Napa Valley State Park, located in the rolling hills of St. Helena. Once a private resort frequented by Bay Area elite from 1935-1959, Bothe-Napa Valley State Park camping is ideal for those looking to hike, swim, picnic, and explore the local wineries. The park’s various trails pass through large patches of Coastal Redwoods, along with Douglas-Fir, Tanoak, and Madrone trees. On warmer days, you can cool off after your hike in the park’s spring-fed swimming pool. One extra special highlight of camping at Bothe-Napa Valley State Park is the unique yurt and restored cabin accommodations.



For tent or RV camping, reserve one of more than 40 campsites. Or try for one of nine walk-in campsites available on a first-come, first-served basis. Alternatives include one hike-n-bike site for travellers on the go, one group campsite for up to 30 people, and three 3 ADA accessible drive-in sites. Amenities include fire rings, picnic tables, restrooms, showers, and a swimming pool. Not sure you’re up for a night of tent or RV camping? Give glamping a whirl in one of the park’s yurts, each equipped with a queen-sized bed, two cots, a table and chairs, outdoor fire pit, picnic table, keyed entry, and nearby bathrooms and showers. Or, consider staying in one of the park’s restored historic cabins. Sleeping up to six people, the cabins offer natural gas heat, full kitchens with dishes and cooking equipment, a bathroom with shower, and a deck. For all options, Check-in after 2 p.m. and check-out by noon.

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Bothe-Napa Valley Campground

1. Bothe-Napa Valley Campground

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Once a private resort frequented by Bay Area elite from 1935-1959, Bothe-Napa Valley State Park camping is ideal for those looking to hike, swim,...

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Sasha: There's tons of poison oak in the park, which means there's tons around the campsite. If you have kids/pets, make sure you keep...
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Hipcamper Sasha

There's tons of poison oak in the park, which means there's tons around the campsite. If you have kids/pets, make sure you keep them close so they don't inadvertently run through it.

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Hipcamper Matthew

The hike over to the grist mill is well worth it; not too strenuous and really beautiful. Make sure that the grist mill is open so you can catch one of the free tours.

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This is a great alternative to expensive hotels in the area with lots of wine tasting nearby - bring a bike!

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Make sure to check out Bale Grist Mill, and save some time to take a tour.

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After a day of wine tasting, it is awesome to cool off in the spring fed swimming pool.

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Poison Oak ain’t cool, make sure you know what it looks like and stay away (leaves of 3, let ‘em be)!

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You can stay in a Yurt for $75, this is a cool option for “glamping”, but it is still very basic.

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Wanna get fancy for wine tasting? Well, they have warm showers, so you can feel fresh for sipping Merlot.

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Hipcamper Matthew

Try to get a reservation at one of the yurts, you will not be disappointed.

Hipcamper Mailisha

We camped here for our "camping weekend wedding" and it was perfect. We didn't like the group site (too close to the road), so we just unofficially booked a few sites close to one another and had a blast. We're a quite, light-drinking crowd, so it was fine.

Hipcamper Mailisha

$$$ for camping, but in such a sweet spot that it's worth it! BTW, just came up for a day hike here a few weeks ago and the poison oak is no joke. I've never seen so much before... Maybe because this time I was the "mom" and not the "kid." Totally different!

Hipcamper Nate

There were 10 of us who reserved 4 of the yurts, and had a blast. They are clean, with one mattress and 2 cots per yurt. The bathrooms were clean, as were the showers. Overall, this park is well kept. It's enclosed by tress and keeps the park cool on the warmer days. There are also two vineyards within walking distance.

Hipcamper Kelsey

Stayed in a yurt here over President's Day weekend; great location and awesome/unique camping experience. Highly recommend. Be sure to bring own bedding and lighting if you do the yurt stay. Can pick up firewood from the ranger.

Hipcamper Kevin

A highlight of this campsite is it's proximity to the original Gott's Roadside!

Hipcamper Shirtless host Steve

This is all you camper that know the Shirtless Host l will be coming back to California. Iam going to be at Bothe-Napa Valley starting in September. Stop in and say hi. This park will not disappoint you at all. It is in the middle of the Napa valley and more to do in just one weekend. So hope to see all my RV friends at this outstanding camp. See you all in September.
Happy Trials and remember that camping fun but family camping is more fun.
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History of Bothe-Napa Valley State Park

The Koliholmanok or “woods people” lived in the areas which are now called Calistoga from 6,000 B.C. These people were hunter-gatherers which made fine obsidian tools including, knives, arrows and spears.

The Koliholmanok people were thought to number about 2,000 before the Europeans came to Alta California. When Spanish settlers arrived, it is believed that they called the native people guapo for their bravery, daring and good looks; the native people eventually became known as the Wappo. Mexican feudal barons and gold seekers upset the Wappo balance of life, and diseases such as smallpox devastated the Wappo population.

By 1855, nearly 20 years after Missouri fur trapper George C. Yount planted the area’s first grapevines, only a fraction of the Wappo people remained. Wappo descendants in Napa and Sonoma counties continue to practice and honor their ancestral traditions.

Dr. Edward T. Bale was given 18,000 acres of land in the 1840s through a Mexican land grant. To process grain into meal using water power, Dr. Bale built the nearby Bale Grist Mill, which is now a state historic park, 1.5 miles south of this park.

The State Park was purchased in the 1870s by Dr. and Mrs. Charles M. Hitchcock of San Francisco. The Hitchcocks' second home, “Lonely,” was built on the property. Hitchcock, his wife Martha and his daughter, Lillie Hitchcock Coit, entertained San Francisco society at Lonely and helped popularize the sunny valley as a summer getaway from the city.

Lillie had been saved from a fire by San Francisco firemen when she was a child. She became an unofficial mascot for San Francisco's fire brigades. After Lillie Hitchcock Coit's death in 1929, her bequest to the city paid for the building of nozzle- shaped Coit Tower, honoring San Francisco’s firefighters. Her summer home Lonely also burned to the ground in 1929.