Sitting just off the edge of the Monticello Dam, which forms the regal Lake Berryessa reservoir, is the Markley Cove Resort. A big favorite with pet parents, this vacation resort is the pawfect place to unwind and enjoy the surrounding nature. Right at the end of the parking lot for the resort, you’ll find a trailhead, which marks the entrance to the somewhat unofficial Markley Trail.
Stretching two-and-a-half-miles along the southern end of Lake Berryessa, this undeveloped trail is a pawpular choice for fisherman, too, thanks to its many various water access points. The Markley Trail runs parallel to Highway 28, with different trailheads along the way, in case you don’t want to walk the whole path. Plus, since parking at Markley Cove Resort is often expensive and crowded due to the influx of visitors coming to enjoy water activities, this is an excellent option for visitors who simply want to take advantage of the path. It lends excellent views to the massive 29-mile lake, which holds the crown as the biggest in all of Napa Valley, CA.
If you are considering a short-term stay in the area, you can book yourself into one of the cabins at the resort! All of the cabins at the resort are pet-friendly, but you may want to call ahead to find out more information on the resort's pet policy. Naturally, the best time to visit this area is during warmer months. However, the trail can be especially lovely in the spring and in early fall. You and Fido are sure to appreciate the majestic beauty of the Berryessa in the background.
Don’t forget to bring a sufficient supply of drinking water for you and a bowl for Fido as well. You’ll both need to stay hydrated when hiking, even on leisurely walks. Be sure to bring doggy bags with you, as you may not find any on the trail.