Linda Falls in Napa County spill forth on April 2 into Conn Creek. (Image: Kathryn Reed)

Tumbling nearly 50 feet, Linda Falls along Conn Creek splits in two as she cascades down the rocky formation.

It was about eight-tenths of a mile to the falls from the car. The route starts off with walking on slabs of rock before it turns into hardpack soil.

Several trees were down when we were there the first Sunday of April. Nothing that couldn’t be climbed over. But some trail work to clean up from the winter storms definitely needs to take place.

Redwoods, oaks and conifers fill the landscape.

With how much rain there was this winter and early spring, trickles of water are seeping through the rocks that aren’t part of the main falls. There, lush green moss is growing.

In less than a mile through a wooded area one arrives at the falls. (Image: Kathryn Reed)

It gets a little steep on the descent to the falls, but it’s not treacherous or scary. Poles might be desired by those with knee issues.

The 177-acre Linda Falls Preserve is part of the Land Trust of Napa County on Howell Mountain near Angwin.

The preserve is said to have one of the most diverse habitats in the county with 130 native plant species.

Conn Creek is a tributary of the Napa River and feeds Lake Hennessey, which is the primary drinking water source for the city of Napa, according to the land trust.

In all, the land trust is protecting more than 53,000 acres, which represents about 10 percent of Napa County.

Parking is not ideal along the road, nor are there many signs, at least the way we got to the area. Good thing Sue had been there before and could use GPS to get us to the starting point. From then on, the trail was well marked.

Dogs are not permitted, which is to protect the wildlife. Unfortunately, people weren’t paying attention to the rules when we were there.

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