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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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  • This park is great for walking and riding bikes. The paths are paved and busy after work time. It is a great place to take a walk in the sunshine along the water front.  more »
  • Well maintained - safe and beautiful scenery. You can see all types of animals, birds and reptiles..  more »
  • This is a popular walking/jogging area. Once you get off the paved areas into the hiking trails the views of the bay are very nice. If you are a birder or wildflower fan there plenty of both to be fou...  more »
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  • Gorgeous views of Mt. Diablo, Southampton Bay and the Carquinez Strait. Paved road for driving, cycling, walking or jogging with public restrooms halfway. Restrooms at end of road are out of service. Lots more hiking trails including a view of the Carquinez Bridge. Entering vehicular traffic required to pay a fee.
  • I love coming here to run, workout, or walk my dog. It's beautiful.
  • Long stretch of road for taking a walk or bike ride thru nature on, restrooms near botanical garden within park. Mainly a pretty place to exercise in quiet, most nature here is really tall grass/marsh along fields w/few trees/wildlife. No free parking except for Earth Day cleanup but is just over freeway from McDonald's/Starbucks shopping center.
  • Nice park for joggers, walkers, and bicyclers. There is fishing at the end of the road at Dillon Point. There is also a bathroom at the end and somewhat near the end where there is also a native plant garden. There are some nice walking paths that can take you to nearby Glen Cove.
  • A nice place to go to walk or ride bikes. Plenty of parking and plessnt outdoor atmosphere walking along side Benicia bay.