Bale Grist Mill State Historic Park
Bale Grist Mill State Historic Park offers an authentic peek into Californians’ rural heritage. Built in 1846, the mill was a central piece of life during the early development of the Napa Valley as settlers came to have their grain ground into meal or flour.
Now protected as a State Historic Landmark as well as being listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Bale Grist Mill is operated by Napa Open Space in partnership with the Napa Valley State Parks Association. The park contains the functioning mill itself as well as the first church founded in the Napa Valley and the historic Pioneer Cemetery.
- Adults: $5.00
- Children (6 to 17): $2.00
- Children (under 6): Free
- School tours, by reservation on Wednesdays or Thursdays at 10:00am and 11:00am. Pre-scheduling is required please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Saturday and Sunday the grounds are open 10:00am to 5:00pm (last tour at 4pm)
- The park is closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day
From the Mill, the History Trail is a moderate, 2.4-mile round trip single-track trail that connects to Bothe Napa Valley State Park which offers year-round camping, picnicking, hiking and seasonal swimming. Points of interest along the way include visiting Pioneer Cemetery which contains the remains of several early Napa Valley pioneers, and White Church, the first church in Napa Valley which was named after the founding Minister Asa White. The trail passes through dense forest, clearings filled with chaparral shrubs, a riparian corridor along Mill Creek and will be of interest to plant and bird lovers as well as history buffs.