Once an open lot overrun with invasive plant species, the Oxbow Preserve is now a beautiful stretch of land nestled in the bend of the Napa River. Since its renovation in 2010, the 13-acre stretch of land is now home to a variety of native flora and fauna, wildlife, and spectacular views of the river. Within it is a paved walking path that loops around and breaks off into a number of unmarked paths leading up to the water’s edge.
You’ll find a small nine-car lot just off McKenzie Drive, although many pet parents opt to walk over from a nearby neighborhood. You can access the walking path from the Silverado Trail, which runs about 30 miles throughout Napa and Calistoga. Along the way, you’ll find an interactive plaque that teaches visitors about the resident nature throughout the preserve. Take a moment to check out the history of the plants, the geology of the area, and what type of animals you might see during your visit.
Fido is always welcome to join you along the way; just be sure to follow local leash laws. The park is in an urban area, and you can even catch a glimpse into the Oxbow Public Market sitting across the river. There are a number of walking paths and trails just outside the Oxbow Preserve as well, so there’s no reason your fun has to end when you reach the end of the loop! You can also bring your fishing gear, if your furry friend pre-furs to sit by your feet while you lounge at the riverside.
No matter your plans, the serene walking path at Oxbow Preserve is the pawfect getaway for those who can’t indulge in a full-fledged vacation. Remember to bring adequate amounts of drinking water and snacks if you plan to visit long, as there is none on the property.