American Canyon Wetlands
American Canyon Wetlands
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  • Jason H
    American Canyon, California6 contributions
    One of my favorite places
    When I'm looking for a nature field day and don't want to spend the bus fare, I go here. In the winter, especially, all sorts of marine birds gather, including huge numbers of avocets. At the end of the trail is Glass Beach, so named because it is almost completely covered with weathered sea glass, and from here, I can continue on into the State wildlife lands. This is also the only place where I have seen the Allen's hummingbird, so different from our abundant Anna's hummingbird.
    Written February 12, 2020
  • Judith D
    Berkeley, California574 contributions
    Walk, Jog, Bike, Bird-watch
    I go to this spot to watch birds in the ponds, wetlands, and open water accessed by a nice network of trails. The birding changes with the seasons, but is especially good late summer through spring, with hundreds of shorebirds arriving in August and waterfowl in numbers a month or two later. This is also an excellent place to bike, walk, or jog, or just plain hang out. All the trails are well maintained and even. After years of work, the trails from the wetlands area now connect to the Napa River Bay Trail. There is also a loop trail for hikers and cyclists, and for folks on horses. Eventually the Napa River Bay Trail will go all the way north to the city of Napa. When that happens, I'm bringing my bike. Parking is easy, and there is a porta-potty in one corner of the lot (bring your own drinking water). Picnic tables (though only one with shade) and benches are within an easy walk of the parking lot.
    Traveled with friends
    Written September 4, 2015
  • Rebecca M
    American Canyon, California13 contributions
    Hike with my Grandson
    Saw lots of birds, went to Glass Beach and had a great hike. Made him a reed broom to play with after we read the signs about the Indians. He wants to go fishing next time.
    Traveled with family
    Written April 30, 2018
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Colleen H.
Vallejo, CA113 contributions
Apr 2017 • Family
This is a gem of a place hidden in American Canyon. I bring my bike and my binoculars. It's a bit of a ways from the parking lot to the water, but it's worth it. It's completely flat, so it's easy to bike. I have seen raptors, egrets, herons, ducks, coots, swan families, and all kinds of other smaller water birds. There is also a spot called glass beach that's fund to beachcomb. This marshland was built over an old landfill, so you will bind interesting old beachglass and ceramics on that beach. There is a loop that people like to walk & jog around. Great local place to get outdoors and birdwatch/excercise.
Written December 21, 2017
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GGG73
American Canyon, CA6 contributions
Jun 2016 • Family
Great hiking and bird watching spot! Easy hike for kids, close to playgrounds and good eateries at the end of the trail close to Highway 29.
Written July 13, 2016
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Ted C
94503127 contributions
Apr 2016 • Family
We enjoy going to this open space along the Napa River. The Glass Beach has many gems for kids to find many colors of glass left over from the time this area was a dump.

Many bird lovers are not disappointed by the many species they can find and identify. Bikes, horses are allowed in some of the area, dogs are required to be on the leash, and a great place for children. Many of the mountains are identified through looking pipes. A wonderland to enjoy nature and unwind!
Written May 1, 2016
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Susan S
American Canyon, CA23 contributions
Feb 2021
This is a paradise. The trails are perfect for a stroll or a run. Bring a lunch and sit on a bench with a bay view and enjoy the sounds of nature. Bring your dog for a perfect morning walk and their is a pet water fountain to keep them hydrated. The views are fabulous.
Written February 10, 2021
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MNTraveler32
Elbow Lake8 contributions
Mar 2018 • Couples
While there wasn't much to look at besides the pile of dirt in the middle and the bay, it was a nice walk and very peaceful.
Written April 9, 2018
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Karsy68
Massachusetts463 contributions
May 2017 • Couples
Hearing about there being a Glass Beach sucked me in. We were staying in Napa and wanted to go for a scenic walk, so may as well check out the Glass Beach. I admit I was a bit disappointed with the beach, but the walk through the marshlands was great.

There's a nice parking lot with some picnic tables and benches nearby as well as a trail map. At every intersection there are arrows telling you which way to go for the trail you want to be on. It's a nice flat scenic walk. We were here on a Wednesday morning and it was fairly quiet. We ran into some people riding bikes and some walking their dogs.

There are good views of the mountains looking over the river. All in all it was a peaceful walk.
Written July 4, 2017
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gelika
Parker, CO186 contributions
Mar 2016 • Friends
Breakfast is by far one of the best I've eaten at. Fresh, hot and delicious! Their lunch was fantastic too!
Written April 28, 2016
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Lois
Napa, CA70 contributions
Nov 2015 • Friends
Located at the corner of Eucalyptus Drive and Wetlands Edge Road in American Canyon, the birding is quite good. Hundreds of birds are here between Fall to early Spring. They fly down from Canada and Alaska to spend the winter.

There's a leash rule for dogs. Walk straight out on the wide paved path about 1500 feet and the waterfowl will be in the ponds on both sides of the path. They will be closest to the path at low tide.

Binoculars help to see their colorful details. Early mornings or late afternoons you may also get to see the river otters in the North pond. You can walk around that pond to see a few more birds. On the west side of the North pond is the Napa River.

Don't be surprised if you see a few swans. They may have come from Discovery Kingdom. They have been out in the American Canyon Wetlands for a few years. They are gentle and don't seem to bother the wintering birds.
Written December 22, 2015
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reyt992
American Canyon, CA43 contributions
Nov 2016 • Friends
We had friends who are long time birders visit us recently and they love this area. There were swans, waders, ducks, raptors, jackrabbits, and more to see and photograph. The trails are easy to follow and afford different views while walking. We just hope people learn to keep it pristine and free from litter and man-made trash. Well worth visiting.
Written November 14, 2016
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Fred S
West Bloomfield475 contributions
Sep 2016 • Couples
Okay, I'm not a tree-hugger, but this was not very exciting at all. Yeah, there's a number of birds around to see, but it's not a very exciting walk at all.
Written September 8, 2016
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