Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Benicia State Recreation Area


 
  The main entrance to the  Benicia State Recreation Area can be accessed off Hiway 780 @ Columbus parkway and Rose drive in Benicia ...  This entrance provides access to the far off parking lot  out on the point across the water from the freeway  where you can hike along the water and see both bridges ...
. However the trail that I am on for this post is on the freeway side of the water ... As a matter of fact the parking lot for these trails is litterally right off the freeway @  the Military West exit ...
This side of the water has two separate paved  pathways ...One for foot traffic and the other for bicycles keeping them separate as it winds around the Benicia shore line ... There are also some off trail paths that lead out a bit closer to the waters edge ... These are the trails I am on this particular afternoon ..
.One of the things about hiking off trail in Benicia is that the less fortunate and often more desperate  human animal has also been known to occasionally lurk off trail  in these wooded areas by the waters edges so if you do hike here be aware of that as I did see evidence of this growing problem ... Be that as it may this is a very pretty  bay area shoreline  and it is a great place to take a walk ....
  The very unique panoramic views of the Benicia and Carquinez shorelines make for a  nice change of pace for me  as I hike this trail ...
As you may already know if you are a regular Smokeysmountain  reader , Smokey prefers a forest wood environment for hiking in such as our beautiful Mt.Diablo and its valleys and foothills with the occasional trip up to the Sierra ... However every now and then it is nice to take a walk along the shores of the bay ...

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

A good place if you like flatland hiking. Also, some good fishing spots. While over there, check out the Camel Barn. Lot's of history over there. The new bridge is nice, but tolls suck.

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