Robert Louis Stevenson State Park
- Type: Hiking, Natural Wonders, Recreation
- Time to Spend: 2 hours to Half Day
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Most people don't come to California wine country for untamed nature, but those who do find bliss in Robert Louis Stevenson State Park. You might first think: Why is an American wilderness park named after the Scottish author of Treasure Island? It's because Stevenson and his wife honeymooned in a small cabin in this area in 1880. Of more interest to the outdoorsy visitors is the awesome five-mile hike up Mount St. Helena. If it's a clear day at the top, you might be able to see Mount Shasta, which is 192 miles away.
One TripAdvisor user says, "Robert Louis Stevenson park is a beautiful place and there are some trails that will reward you with some awesome views after just a short hike." But some visitors have noted the lack of bathroom facilities and accumulating trash.
Robert Louis Stevenson State Park is seven miles north of Calistoga on Highway 29. It opens every day at sunrise and closes at sunset. Park Services recommend you plan your visit for the spring or fall. For more information, check out the California State Parks' website.