Ten Great Bike Rides and Walks in Benicia.
Explore the most popular biking trails in Benicia with the new “10 Great Bike Rides and Walks in Benicia” brochure. Curated trail maps and directions with time and level of difficulty for each trail makes it easy to just get on your bike and ride!
Benicia State Recreation Area
This walk/ride starts at the large parking lot at the end of West K Street. Along the way you will pass a large marsh area where many shorebirds reside.
Difficulty: Easy (2 short hills,) Distance: 5 Miles, Type: Out and back, Time: 35 minutes (bike)1½ hours (walk)
Dillon Point Walk/Ride
This walk/ride starts at the picnic area just before the Forrest Deaner Native Plant Botanic Garden. This walk is part of the San Francisco Bay Trail and Bay Area Ridge Trail.
Difficulty: Moderate, Distance: 1.5 miles Type: Loop, Time: 30 minutes
This lovely walk is part of the San Francisco Bay Trail and takes you along portions of the Benicia waterfront. It is a good bike ride for beginners with a few dirt path areas and slight hills.
Difficulty: Easy, Distance: 1st St to Arneson Park: 1.2 miles Roundtrip To Ninth Street Park: 2.8 miles Roundtrip Type: Out and back, Time: 30 minutes to Arneson Park and back, 45 minutes to Ninth Street Park and back.
Downtown Historic Walk/Ride
As you walk or bike around this area take a moment to appreciate some of the most significant architecture in the history of early California. Most of the buildings that you see were constructed between 1849–1915. More information at beniciahistoricalmuseum.org
Difficulty: Easy, Distance: 3 Miles, Type: Loop, Time: 25 – 30 minutes (bike) 1½ – 2 hours (walk)
Benicia Marina Walk/Ride
This is the perfect area for beginner riders and a beautiful walk as well. It is a part of the San Francisco Bay Trail that runs through Benicia.
Difficulty: Easy, Distance: 1.5 Miles, Type: Out and back, Time: 20 minutes (bike) 35 minutes (walk)
Historic Arsenal Walk/Ride
The Benicia Arsenal contains some of the most impressive 19th century military architecture in the United States. More information at beniciahistoricalmuseum.org
Difficulty: Moderate, Distance: 4.5 Miles, Type: Loop, Time: 35 minutes
Community Park to Southampton Park
This ride is in the heart of the Southampton subdivision. The ride covers four parks: Community Park, Jack London Park, Park Solano and Southampton Park.
Difficulty: Moderate, Distance: 4 Miles, Type: Out and back, Time: 1½ – 2 hours
Community Park to Waters End Park
This ride goes through residential streets in a relatively new development. A moderate climb early in the ride is followed by a speedy downhill to Waters End Park.
Difficulty: Easy to Moderate, Distance: 3 Miles, Type: Loop, Time: 30 – 40 minutes
Lake Herman Loop
This ride starts in downtown Benicia and runs along the waterfront towards the State Recreation Area. It involves a long climb on Columbus Parkway to Lake Herman Road.
Difficulty: Strenuous, Distance: 19 Miles, Type: Loop, Time: 1½ – 2 hours
The Grand Tour
This ride is recommended for experienced riders due to the relatively steep climbs in the Southampton area. The climbs encountered will, at times, offer fast descents of up to 35 mph. Starting near the waterfront the ride goes through historic Benicia, the Arsenal, up along a ridge with views of Carquinez Strait, into the Southampton residential neighborhood and then a descent through Benicia State Recreation Area on your way back to the start.
Difficulty: Strenuous, Distance: 25 miles, Type: Loop, Time 1½ – 2 hours