Bale Grist Mill State Historic Park
by Bay Nature Staff on July 08, 2012
A partially restored water-wheel-powered grist mill that served Napa Valley farmers in the 19th century and trails connecting to Bothe-Napa Valley State Park make this a worthy stop for both history and nature.
Named for Edward Turner Bale, this park is the site of Bale’s water-powered grist mill that operated from 1846 until the early 1900s. The mill and its 36-foot water wheel have been partially restored, and for a small fee visitors can participate in a milling demonstration offered on a tour of the mill and its history on weekends. (Freshly ground grains like polenta are also available for purchase.) A 1.2 mile-long “History Trail” connects the historic park, which also includes the Pioneer Cemetery at the site of the first church in Napa County, to the trails of adjacent Bothe-Napa Valley State Park.
Visit the California State Parks page for Bale Grist Mill State Historic Park.