About Napa River View Walk-in
Ah, Summer in the Preserve at last! Warm days, brisk breezy off the bay evenings. Makes that campfire at the visitor center feel sooo great. It's still mosquito season, but nothing like Spring. For tent campers bring spray, plan to hang out with us at our campfire area after dark and bring clothes to cover you just after dawn and just before sunset. Join us for a natural season of wildness and gathering at one of our campsites. Tent camp spots on the Navy’s oldest ammunition depot in the Pacific, are guaranteed to be eclectic and unique! These 2 sites are a pretty steep but short 1/3 mile hike up the hill from parking. If you want to drive, register for our Bunker Bay View campsites 1 & 2. At Walk in Campsite 3 pitch your tent on the loading dock of one of our 1930’s bunkers with stupendous views of the Napa Valley, Mare Island Strait and Napa River clear to its headwaters at Mt St Helena. Walk in Campsite 4 is reached by the same steep hike but it's nestled under the Island's Mother Oak. BE PREPARED: this time of year the temps are around 50 degrees at night. And, the Porta potty is the hike back down the hill near your car. Good news is that we don’t really have any people neighbors, so making music or being a little noisy here is cool. While you will still know urban life is nearby, you will experience the magic of the peaceful setting. Osprey, great-blue herons, great egrets, red-tailed hawks and white-tailed kites nest nearby in spring and summer. Red-shouldered hawks scream by in the neighborhood. Owls are night visitors. We usually recommend using our cooking facility at the visitor center for all 4 tent campsites. Our portable restrooms are alway refreshingly clean. A campfire is allowed only at our visitor center, an easy quarter-mile 5 min walk from parking for campsites 3 & 4. The Mare Island Preserve is 1.5 miles from the new Mare Island ferry terminal with daily service from San Francisco. Direct bus service from the El Cerrito Del Norte BART station to the Vallejo Transit Center lands you a little over 4 miles away from the Preserve. Catch your favorite taxi service or call/text us to pre-arrange a pickup. Bikes are allowed on both the ferry and shuttle buses from BART. Once you’ve settled in, hop on one of our bikes for a jaunt around the strangely quirky and kinda abandoned, sort of not, former Naval shipyard, the Navy’s oldest installation in the Pacific, founded in 1854. You will stop often to photograph both the beauty and the decay of a 150 years of maritime and marine industrial history. Hike and jog our 4-mile roundtrip San Pablo Bay Trail and even golf or visit Vino Godfather tasting room, a WWII landing craft support gunboat, St. Peter’s Chapel (by appt) or a museum of Navy history.
Our 16 foot Old Tennis Court yurt camp is situated on the old tennis court near where you park. It can be reserved along with our 12 foot Garden History yurt a 1/4 mile up the trail through our separate listings. Our policy for our Preserve is to “do no harm before you do good”, making a valiant effort to leave the precious place as we found it; we’ve pruned the native oaks and cultural landscape trees a bit and cleared the weeds, but we think we’ve left plenty of wildness to reconnect you with nature and nurture your soul and there’s ample history to spark your imagination. Your enthusiastic stays in our yurts and tent camp spots, help us protect and share our park with you. /p>
- Listing type: Private
- No. of sites: 2
- Accessible by: Walk
- Accommodation: Tent Only
- Check in after: 2PM
- Check out before: 12PM
- Cancellation policy: Flexible
- On arrival: Meet and greet
- Minimum nights: None
- Accepts bookings: 12 months out
The vibe at Napa River View Walk-in
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This is definitely the most private site on Mare Island because it can't be accessed by car and it's on the opposite end of the other sites. Blackberries and fennel were in full bloom while we were camping here, so it also smelled incredible.
From the Old Tennis Court Yurt, where we parked, this site is a steep, 5-minute hike-in. You'll get to a fork about 3 minutes in--turn right to access the bunker. Pitch a blanket on the outer part, set up some chairs, and enjoy the view of twinkling Vallejo lights. (Don't forget your instruments--the acoustics inside these things is crazy.)
For a more nature-y view, walk 2 minutes to the west and watch the sun dip down behind Mt. Tam. Ahh.