Swimming pool is $4/adult and kids up to 17 are free.
My family loved this park. We hiked amongst the oak trees and enjoyed the changing colors. It was a nice place to allow the kids to stretch their legs in between visits to local wineries. I can't speak about the campsites but I can say that we enjoyed the scenery and didn't have any issues with poison oak. Be sure to head out to the settler's cemetary and glance at the names of the first Europeans who settled in this magnificent valley.
Stayed here Memorial Day weekend. Upside - close to bay area and wineries. Shady sites. Downside - a bit close to neighbors. Just had to lean over to borrow items off their table.
I read the reviews to this campground prior to heading out and thought that there was some mistake or maybe the reviews were old because there's no way there would be that amount of poison oak or ticks on a site.
Reality?? --->>Ridiculous amounts of poison oak. Are you kidding me?! Three sides of our campsite (#6) were lined w the stuff. And ticks mustve just feasted on a blood bath because they were EVERYWHERE!!
Great place to visit if you're one of the lucky few not allergic to poison oak and you're impervious to ticks.
Wilderness trails in a pine and redwood forest, plus a sycamore-shaded campground in Ritchie Creek Canyon. Surprising in a state park is the small swimming pool here, with a lifeguard, open June through Labor Day. Day-trippers picnic on the grass along the creek. It’s a short walk from here into Bale Grist Mill State Park, a wooded glade with a 36-foot grinding wheel powered by a rushing creek. Costumed docents grind grain on the millstones and make bread during Old Mill Days in October and frequently on summer weekends. The fifty-site campground has hot showers and laundry tubs.
Napa Valley Trail Rides offers one- and two-hour, easy, slow, guided horseback rides in the park along Ritchie Creek and up on the ridges overlooking the valley (707–996–8566).