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Benicia State Recreation Area, Benicia

Categories: Nature & Parks
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4.3/5 based on 45 reviews on the web
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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  • Empty, look not at that entry fee, no infrastructure. Nice to run or ride a bike.
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  • 3 separate parking areas - northeast, just off Miitary, northwest just off Columbus/Rose, and south, from Rose down Dillon Point. The bathrooms at Dillon Point were out of service in August, but avail...  read more »
  • This is a nice place to walk along the wetlands. Nice views as one walks on the paths. A good place to ride bikes also. At the end of the road are places for picnics etc. 
  • Nice day to enjoy a beautiful walk through here!! Calm, quiet, and lots of nature to view along the way!!!
  • Beautiful setting. Not much shade. Can drive in and down to the water, there is a parking lot. Picnic tables, bbq & spigot. No attendant.
  • Great little state park with easy access from Benicia and Vallejo. Great walking and biking trails; for a challenge try the single track to the top of the ridge where you earn outstanding views of the Carquinez Strait, Benicia, and the two local bridges.
  • Nice park with great walking paths, great Salmon fishing starting July 16th.
  • A nice place to go to walk or ride bikes. Plenty of parking and plessnt outdoor atmosphere walking along side Benicia bay.
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