San Francisco Bay Trail (Carquinez Strait, Vallejo, Napa River)

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The San Francisco Bay Trail runs through nearly 50 cities in nine counties and will one day encompass 500 miles. This section of the trail network totals 25 miles in the communities of Vallejo, Benicia, Crockett, Martinez, American Canyon, Port Costa, and Crockett. The disconnected trail segments run along the eastern side of Mare Island Strait and both sides of the Carquinez Strait.

There are two ways to cross the Carquinez Strait by foot or bike. The first is to cross over on the Carquinez bridge, which connects Vallejo and Crockett. The second is to cross Benicia Martinez bridge. When completed, the Carquinez Strait Loop Trail will be 50-miles long.

Highlights of this Bay Trail route include Vallejo's River Park and the Benicia State Recreation Area. The latter offers marshy areas and rocky beaches along the north side of Carquinez Strait with spots to picnic, bird watch, and fish. Another segment, built on an abandoned roadway (Carquinez Scenic Drive, which closed in 1983), winds along the bluffs on the south side of the Carquinez Strait, offering spectacular shoreline views.

Parking and Trail Access

Parking is available in River Park (off Wilson Avenue) in Vallejo and Turnbull Park (off E. 5th Street) in Benicia.