Benicia State Recreation Area, Benicia

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Benicia State Recreation Area is a state park unit of California, USA, protecting tidal wetland. It is located in Solano County 2mi west of downtown Benicia. The park covers 447acre of marsh, grassy hillsides and rocky beaches along the narrowest portion of the Carquinez Strait. Southampton Creek and the tidal marsh front Southampton Bay, where the combined waters of the Sacramento and San Joaquin Rivers approach San Pablo Bay.HistoryDon José de Cañizares — diarist on the 1769 overland Portola expedition and who sailed with Don Juan Manuel de Ayala on the San Carlos, the first ship to enter San Francisco Bay on August 5, 1775 — named the cove north and west of Benicia Puerto de las Asunta (Assumption Harbor in Spanish) because he discovered it on that feast day in 1775. The cove is noted as "J" on Cañizares' famous 1781 Map of San Francisco Bay. The present name, Southampton Bay, is for the Navy frigate Southampton, which Commodore Thomas ap Catesby Jones sailed, along with a small fleet, to the cove in 1849.
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  • We lived in Benicia for 7 years and liked to go to the State Park to walk the dog, run and even ride bikes with our daughter. It is pretty nice for the Bay Area -about as outdoorsy as it gets in that ...  more »
  • Enjoy walking or biking year round at the Benicia State Park. Very pleasant, mostly flat. At the end of the walk/ride there is a trail down to the beach. Very relaxing and pleasant.  more »
  • We use the local boat launch near this park but the park is gorgeous, have a view to die for, lots of green grassy areas and a very nice sheltered beach (when the wind is not coming right at you). Jus...  more »
  • Great place for a long walk! There are lots of trails, go up on the hill or down by the water. Dogs are allowed, always need to be on leash and under control. There's a lovely native plant garden with a meandering trail and lots of benches. Remember to bring cash for parking ($6 as of April 2018).
  • Great place on the Southampton bay for a day hike, family picnic, birding and photography. As well as a popular fishing spot. The Botanical garden is compact, but has good selection of local and non native plants. Easy access from K Street in Benicia or Rose dr. Off of Columbus Parkways.
  • One of my happy places. It's got it all. Trails, workout equipment, water, wildlife, and a native plant garden. Love!
  • Nice gentle hiking trails with great views of the bay. It's a great place to escape the crowds had enjoy open spaces.
  • I like this one. It's a very cosy place. I saw a lot of animals there. I'd like to come here again.
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