Burn Some Calories

By: DogTrekker Staff

Dog rolling in grassNapa Valley for legendary food and wine, but dogs traveling with their uprights often have other ideas. After all, there’s not much exercise to be had in a tasting room, no matter how velvety the Cabernets, how elegant the appointments or how welcoming the staff.

If your Restless Rover needs to burn a few calories before settling down, we suggest starting your day at Canine Commons dog park, part of 157-acre Alston Park northwest of downtown Napa. This three-acre fenced romp space (small dogs have their own area) is custom designed for off-leash play. In addition, dogs under voice control are allowed to accompany you without a tether on almost 30 acres of open space surrounded by vineyards above the dog-park enclosure.

In addition to Alston Park, you’ll find off-leash areas for dogs under voice control at Napa’s Shurtleff Park and in the undeveloped areas of Kennedy Park. For leashed walks, take a stroll along the downtown portion of the Napa River or check out the newly opened Trancas Crossing Park, a 33-acre preserve where you can enjoy nature and even launch a kayak. To really escape the tourist crowds, try the serene, four-mile perimeter hike around Lake Hennessey, Napa’s municipal water-supply reservoir and a popular fishing and birding destination.


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