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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  • August 6, 2017
    This is my favorite place to bike ride. It's a round trip of about five miles and has restrooms and numerous drinking fountains. Much of it has been repaved recently so the ride is smooth. Lots of run...  more »
  • July 11, 2017
    The Benicia State Recreation Area is a hidden gem. For years I have enjoyed taking walks along the path. I start at the entrance, and going all the way to the end and back is over 3 miles. It's all fl...  more »
  • July 10, 2017
    Our experience was extremely beautiful and is one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen so many things to do so many places to visit would gladly go back anytime of the year !  more »
  • June 14, 2017
    We came her for a friends grad party. Day passes cost $6 per vehicle and the park rangers are so sweet and helpful. It has beautiful views, tons of hiking, and even some camp sites. I live too far to jog here or walk my dogs, but it's got some great trails for all of that. Definitely worth the trip.
  • July 8, 2017
    Met up with some friends here with our 7 year old boys to get some outdoor time and picnic. Parking is cash only. Can get windy and we were warned to gbe aware of the tide when walking along the shoreline. Easy trail hiking and rocky beach play for kids - glad we came here!
  • June 5, 2017
    We live in Sacramento and it's a nice little 60-90 minute drive where the breeze is cool and a great place to picnic, watch tug boats pull barges out under the Carquinez Bridge on out to the upper reaches of S.F. Bay. Amtrak is always busy across the water. The old C&H factory is out there a ways, kind of a mystery figuring that thing out but it's an icon. The botanical garden has it's moments, it's taken care of ok. Look hard, there's things to see and do. Good walking, fresh air, family picnics. I like it, give it a solid 3 rating because I save 4's and 5's for bigger better places but you can't go wrong here.
  • June 14, 2017
    Nice small park with some great views of the Carquinez straits. There are a lot of trails and seating. Great for families.
  • June 23, 2017
    State Park is awesome has a great place to run and ride your bike, plus wildlife and some water fountains and restrooms at the end. Wish I could camp here....

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