Make no bones about it -- Napa, CA’s Levee Loop Trail makes for a fantastically Fido-friendly walk for you and your pooch! One of several dog-friendly trails around the pawpular Lake Berryessa, the Levee Loop Trail begins at the entrance to Steele Canyon Recreation Area. You’ll find parking at the campground on Steele Canyon Rd.
With a length of just over one mile, you’ll hardly need to camp, but if you and your buddy do want to explore more of what the lake region has to offer, the campsite welcome wagging tails with open arms -- for a $5 pet fee, that is. The route is moderately trafficked, and a favorite of local pups and their people. You guys certainly won’t have the path to yourselves, but you’re unlikely to need to deal with crowds, and your four-pawed pal might even make some new friends!
As the name might suggest, the route runs on top of a levee on the lake for most of the way and then makes a loop around a small hill. The views of the lake from the scenic overlook are unparalleled, and birding enthusiasts will be glad to know that the nearby marshlands attract all kinds of feathered friends. You and your furever friend might spot canyon wrens, belted kingfishers, and maybe even an eagle!
The Levee Loop Trail is about as accessible a hike as you can get outside of a paved urban greenway. The path is mostly flat, so this trail is suitable for everyone from the most athletic animals to older furry friends who can’t quite move like they used to. The surface can be a little uneven though, so watch your step! In terms of facilities, there aren’t any restrooms at the trailhead, but you’ll find some at the Steele Canyon Campground not far away. As always, remember to bring waste bags and water, and enjoy your walk on the Levee Loop Trail!