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Introduction to Benicia State Recreation Area

Benicia State Recreation Area is a stunning park in Northern California that offers visitors a chance to enjoy outdoor activities such as hiking, cycling, fishing, picnicking, and bird watching. It spans 447 acres of marsh, grassy hillsides, and rocky beaches along the Carquinez Strait.

Location and Getting There

The park is located in Solano County near the city of Benicia, just a short distance from San Francisco and Sacramento. The address is:

  • Physical address: 1 State Park Rd, Benicia, CA 94510

To get there, take Interstate 780 to the Columbus Parkway exit. Follow the signs leading to the park.

Camping Information

Campgrounds and Fees:

  • Currently, Benicia State Recreation Area does not have campgrounds for overnight camping or RV parking.
  • Day-use fees apply for parking and access to the park's amenities.

Alternative Options:

  • If you are looking to camp nearby, you will need to look for other campgrounds in the neighboring areas or state parks that offer camping facilities.

Activities and Amenities

Hiking and Biking:

  • The park features several trails for hikers and cyclists. The most popular is the Dillon Point Trail, which offers scenic views.
  • Some paths may also accommodate equestrian use.


  • Anglers can fish from the shoreline. Be sure to follow California Department of Fish and Wildlife regulations and obtain the necessary permits.


  • Picnic areas are available on a first-come, first-served basis, with tables and barbecue pits.

Wildlife Watching:

  • The marshes and grasslands support various bird species, making it a popular spot for birders.

Operating Hours and Fees


  • Benicia State Recreation Area is generally open from sunrise to sunset.
  • However, these hours can change due to budget constraints or maintenance needs, so it's best to check with the park directly before planning your visit.


  • Day-use fees are required for parking and are subject to change. Visit the California State Parks website or contact the park for the most current fee schedule.

Rules and Regulations

  • Fires are only allowed in provided grills or fire rings.
  • Dogs are allowed in the park but must be on a leash no longer than six feet and under control at all times.
  • There is a 'pack it in, pack it out' policy for trash to help maintain the park's cleanliness.
  • Collecting or disturbing wildlife and natural resources is prohibited.
  • Alcoholic beverages may be restricted in certain areas of the park.

Tips for Visiting

  • Weather: Be prepared for changing weather conditions and dress in layers.
  • Water: Bring plenty of water, especially during the hot summer months.
  • Leave No Trace: Respect the park's environment by staying on designated trails and leaving no trace of your visit.
  • Wildlife: Keep a safe distance from wildlife and do not attempt to feed any animals you encounter.

Contacts and More Information

Park Contact:

  • For the latest information, you can contact the park directly by calling the Bay Area District Office at (707) 648-1911.

Online Resources:

  • California State Parks website provides comprehensive information on Benicia State Recreation Area.
  • You may also find updates and alerts regarding the park's status and any recreational advisories.

Keep in mind that details about Benicia State Recreation Area might change, and it's always a good practice to confirm current conditions and regulations before you visit.

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