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 »
  • Nice place to run. Can run up to 8 miles round trip by starting at the Military West entrance and going up the trails to Glen Cove and back. Only negative are some cars driving above the posted speed of 15 and some people not following the leash laws.
  • The park is located in a beautiful setting - it aligns to Southamton Bay and Sandy Beach. There are fabulous walking and biking paths. The maintenance of the park could be improved upon.
  • This place is a very good place for your physical fitness. You can either walk, run or bike around and the bike trail and the road we walk is perfect. Good place for picnics, group gathering or meditation. Fishing for those that have licence or night camps,looking across the bay from hill top or at the car park places is super. That's why i like the place.
  • Great place to destress. Safe and beautiful waterfront park.
  • Can be a total drive thru for people not up to hiking. Nice Rocky point...wide vistas. $6 entrance, $12 camping fees.

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