Benicia offers plenty of opportunities for activities that require water, such as kayaking and fishing, but also for other forms of outdoor recreation that benefit from the beautiful, beside-the-water setting. Here are some of the places you can enjoy your favorite outdoor activities:
Benicia State Recreation Area: The area includes 438 acres of land with 2½ miles of paths set aside for cyclists, runners, walkers, equestrians and roller skaters. The trails roll through the marshy, grassy hillsides and rocky beaches along the narrowest portion of the Carquinez Strait. Dillon's Point is a favorite fishing spot. The State Recreation Area is also home to the Forrest Deaner Native Plant Garden sponsored by the California Native Plant Society. Directions: From I-780 West: exit onto Columbus Parkway, turn left onto Rose Drive, and then turn right into the park. From I-780 East, exit onto Columbus Parkway, and then turn left into the park. You can also enter the State Recreation Area from West K Street by exiting I-780 at Military West and turning right onto West K.
Bay Ridge Trail: A walk along this trail follows the Carquinez Strait waterfront through Benicia and Vallejo. Enjoy breezes and occasional fog as you watch the San Joaquin and Sacramento rivers funnel into San Francisco Bay. This route travels mostly level trails, including sidewalks, paved and unpaved trails and paths. Directions: From the Rose Drive entrance to the Benicia State Recreation Area, follow Dillon Point Road, which heads west and skirts the wetlands and the western shore of Southampton Bay. Look for the trailhead on your right as you approach Dillon Point.
Matthew Turner Park: Located at West 12th Street, this park is suitable for fishing, picnicking and launching kayaks and canoes.
Benicia Point Pier: This is a great place to drop a line and see what's biting. For more details about where to go fishing, visit Benicia Bait and Tackle.
West Ninth Street Boat Launch: This is a public launch operated by the City of Benicia at the West Ninth Street Park, located at West Ninth and K streets. In addition to the two public boat launches, there are three kayak and canoe put-ins along the waterfront that provide easy access to a day of fun on the Carquinez Strait.
Benicia Parks and Community Services