Wetlands Edge Park
- Accessible Restrooms
- Accessible Parking
- Wildlife viewing
- Particularly good for families
With sweeping views of San Pablo Bay and the Napa-Sonoma Marshes, Wetlands Edge Pasrk located in American Canyon is a fantastic place for the beginning birder. Over 300 species of wildlife call the park home. Posted signs talk about the different birds you might see along several miles of level trails. Keep your eyes open for Northern Harriers and Great Horned Owls perched in the eucalyptus grove or yellow-rumped Warblers flitting between the canopy and the wetlands during the winter months. It is heavily used by locals for family outings, walks, picnics and bike rides. An accessible play area is adjacent to the parking lot.
Trails and Pathways
- Napa River Bay Trail
- Time to Complete:
- 1 hour
- Trailhead Location:
- Foot of Eucalyptus Dr.
- Trail Length:
- 1-2 total miles
- Typical Width:
- 4 ft. & above
- Typical Grade:
- Typical Terrain:
Trail Overview: With several miles of accessible trails here one can easily spend many hours exploring or take a quick stroll. The route described here makes a nearly 1.5 mile loop. To access all of the trails start at the Eucalyptus Dr. entrance and follow the paved wide asphalt trail past a field of eucalyptus trees. Look for raptures on the tall poles. At the Napa River Trail trail sign I turned right, or if you continue forward a short distance, on your left is the 2-mile, Mike Hike & Bike Landfill Loop. This flat loop trail circles a small mound where you might see hundreds of goats grazing. The Napa River Trail continues along the edge of the woods with expansive views of the water on your left. At the trails end you can cross the intersecting trail to a single track trail through a dense forest or turn left as I did to continue on the loop.
Next, you come to a bridge that crosses a channel. If you cross the bridge here and turn right you can travel along the shore for close to 2 miles before you reach a potential barrier; a 28-inch wide gate with a 90 degree turn. If instead you turn left after crossing the bridge you can travel less than a quarter-mile before you need to turn back due to a narrow gate and rough terrain. I turned left before the bridge to travel along a levee trail with water on both sides. In less than a quarter-mile turn left to connect to the last leg of this hike back to where it started.
More Info: Gates and rough terrain at both ends of the trail on the west side of the bridge prevent wheelchair access. These are avoided in the suggested route. There’s only a slight incline leading up to the bridge otherwise the trail is flat.
The facilities listed below meet all of our access criteria unless otherwise noted.
- Accessible Parking:
- Yes – designated accessible parking, van accessible, firm, level or slope no greater than 2%
- Accessible Restroom:
- Yes – Located at the parking lot. None are on the trail.
- Accessible Picnic Table:
- Yes – firm & stable path to tables, firm & stable surface
- Good to Know:
- There is very little shade on the trail.