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Benicia State Recreation Area

Dillon Point Trail

3 miles round trip

“Where the waters meet” might be a good slogan for Benicia State Recreation Area.

Flowing from the east are no less than the combined waters of fourteen tributaries of the Sacramento and San Joaquin rivers; the waters surge through the Carniquez Strait, creating quite a spectacle. Nowhere else is San Francisco Bay more narrow than at Dillon Point in the state recreation area.

For the hiker, Benicia offers a couple different bay-side strolls. The trail system is part of that ambitious path-in-the-making, the Bay Area Ridge Trail.

Most popular is the 1.5 mile long walk out to Dillon Point on the park road. The road is open to vehicles (fee charged), but auto traffic is usually very light and far outnumbered by walkers, runners and cyclists. At Dillon Point is a popular fishing area where local anglers cast for starry flounder, sturgeon and striped bass.

Another path, beginning near the park entrance, features an exercise par-course, so you can make your walk a real workout. Paths lead from the exercise trail through the adjacent marshland to water’s edge. Bird-watching is particularly good in the marsh.

Directions to trailhead: From Highway 780, exit on Columbia Parkway and follow the signs to Benicia State Recreation Area.

© 2012 The Trailmaster, Inc.
From John McKinney’s
Day Hiker’s Guide to California’s State Parks
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