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Address: 3369 St Helena Hwy No.( Highway 29), St. Helena, CA 94574
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Built in 1846, this water-powered mill served Napa Valley's farmers who...

Built in 1846, this water-powered mill served Napa Valley's farmers who brought their wheat grain and dried corn to the mill to be ground into flour and meal. Bale Grist Mill has one of the largest waterwheels in the country and still mills grain the old-fashioned way! Visitors can take home organic wheat flour, cornmeal or polenta. Come enjoy what was once a vital part of rural life!

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So much information!!!

We stopped in to check this out, it's not connected to the state park (because of budget cuts) but a private funded state park. We got so much information & the Mill was amazing... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
jenchick79
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San Ramon, California
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San Ramon, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We stopped in to check this out, it's not connected to the state park (because of budget cuts) but a private funded state park. We got so much information & the Mill was amazing to watch work!! Must see!!

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San Francisco, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Walking thru the park is great. Listening to the creek run was very relaxing. The mill tour was interesting and there's a cute little store with some cool stuff.

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Thank JennPinky
California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2017

The mill is still working today. I was amazed when seeing the oat powder produced on the site by the 1730's technology. The guide gave us a very detailed information from the mechanics of the mill and its story. It worth the admission fee for all that.

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Thank Sam T
Kenwood, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 November 2016

On the weekends from 11 to 4 the mill is actually operational It is a great place for children to learn how flour was made in the past.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2016 via mobile

We were staying in St. Helena and wanted a hike nearby. The hotel suggested Bale Grist Mill. We parked outside the gate and walked in. The hike was easy and nice. It goes all the way to another park if you want a longer hike. There's parking inside when the gates are open. I recommend if you are looking for... More 

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Los Gatos, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 November 2016

It was a rainy day and we were glad to find somewhere indoors to entertain the kids. The mill is a really impressive structure. Our tour guide was dressed in old-fashioned gear to intensify the historic experience. He was full of knowledge and we had a great time seeing how it worked and learning from him. With the rain, the... More 

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St. Helena, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 November 2016

Outstanding experience. Get to see how, 100 years ago, cornmeal was made and at the same time (place) get to walk beautiful grounds.

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Monee, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 September 2016

Very interesting visit. The miller explained the history and construction of the mill, and the operation. He was totally knowledgeable about milling and this mill in particular and the milling process. We got to see corn milled into cornmeal. Good stop.

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Thank joanmaxine
San Rafael, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 September 2016

Another side of Napa Valley. Avoid the Hottest days to visit though. pleasant setting, history. Worth a stop

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Thank Timothy T
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2016

Nice place to go. Even if the Grist mill isn't running, it is a nice place to visit and explore. Good hiking trails.

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