Benicia State Recreation Area covers 720 acres of marsh, grassy hillsides and rocky beaches. It is a day use area that offers a quiet, breezy refuge from urban bustle and great views of the bay. It is located off Interstate Highway 780 less than 2 miles west of Benicia at the Rose Drive/State Park Road/Benicia SRA exit. Alternate less freeways route: exit I80 at Columbus Parkway, follow it to Rose Drive and turn right into the park. Phone (707) 648-1911 for more information.
Benicia Bay Trailhead Picnic Area: Two accessible tables are in the second parking lot on the right beyond the park entrance, near the Forrest Deaner Native Plant Botanic Garden. Accessible exhibits, and parking are also available but at this time there are no accessible restrooms in this park. Some have grab bars, but stall space is limited.
The Mike Taugher Trail (part of the S.F. Bay Trail) is a shared-use path that is generally accessible for about 0.75 mile. Tha path meanders along wetlands adjoining the Carquinez Strait, and terminates at the park's main entrance on Dillon Point Road. Trailhead, accessible portable restroom, and parking lot are located in a small lot, just off the intersection of West K Street and Military West.
The Benicia Bay Trail is a 2.2 mile, accessibly designed, multi-use trail that meanders through the hills offering views of the Carquinez Strait and Southampton Bay. The trail is usable in dry conditions; some users may need assistance after periods of heavy rain. The trail has a firm surface with most slopes under 5%. Four short sections of 8% slopes are followed by rest areas. Trailhead and generally accessible parking are located off the second parking lot on the right beyond the park entrance, near the Forrest Deaner Native Plant Botanic Garden.
The Forrest Deaner Native Plant Botanic Garden contains over 250 native plant species on 3.5 acres within Benicia SRA. Accessible pathways meander through the garden, offering views of Southampton Bay and marshlands. Accessible parking is available.