5 Best Places To Go Walking or Hiking in Fairfield, CA
5 Best Places To Go Walking or Hiking in Fairfield, CA
Nothing beats hiking in the fresh air and sunshine. Taking a walk has many health benefits, including improving your mood, increasing your cardio health, and giving you a sense of well-being. When your family takes a walk together, everyone can bond and share memories.
The beautiful area of Fairfield, California, has several magnificent parks and open spaces where you can stretch your legs and get some exercise. In order to help you find the best places, our team at Mercedes-Benz of Fairfield has put together this list of our favorite outdoor spaces. All you have to do is lace up your hiking shoes, grab a bottle of water, and hit the trails.
Rockville Hills Regional Park
Rockville Hills Regional Park is one of the more popular open spaces in the Fairfield area. This stunning 633-acre park has open grasslands, grand oak trees, and dense hardwoods to hike through. You’ll also find a small pond in the park that’s home to native fish and amphibians.
There are several varied hiking trails throughout the park, some with sweeping views of the Bay Area and Mount Diablo. As you hike along, keep an eye open for deer, hawks, and ground squirrels.
Rockville Hills Regional Park is dog-friendly as long as you keep them on a leash and clean up after them. This park is open daily from sunrise to sunset.
If you’d like to spend a few days exploring Rockville Hills Regional Park, you can find several places for a romantic getaway in Fairfield. Staying in our town is a great way to learn more about the history of the Indigenous people who lived here and the settlers who later developed the area.
Location: 2149 Rockville Road
Lynch Canyon Open Space
Hiking through Lynch Canyon Open Space is one of the best ways to immerse yourself in the Bay Area’s flora and fauna. This working cattle ranch is owned and managed by the Solano County Land Trust. This park offers visitors wide-open views of the area as well as shaded hikes under oak and buckeye trees.
Spring is a fabulous time to visit this open space as the grasslands are popping with colorful wildflowers like California poppies, Johnny-jump-ups, and columbines. Bring binoculars with you to watch for mating red-tail hawks and golden eagles. After exploring the area, stop by the small reservoir for a picnic and look for California red-legged frogs and pollywogs. Please note that dogs are not allowed in Lynch Canyon Open Space.
The famous wine-growing region of Napa Valley is close to Fairfield and Lynch Canyon Open Space. Why not plan on taking a trip to Napa Valley for a world-class wine-tasting adventure after exploring the park?
Location: 3100 Lynch Canyon Road
Lagoon Valley Park
If you find yourself in nearby Vacaville, head over to Lagoon Valley Park. This 306-acre park has several hiking trails, a 27-hole disc golf course, and a playground for the little ones. Other amenities include shaded picnic areas, an archery range, and horseshoe pits. Bring your furry friend with you to Lagoon Valley Park. There’s a 30,000 square-foot enclosed dog park for them to play in and several water stations for them to drink from.
Inside Lagoon Valley Park, is Pena Adobe Historical Area. This 8-acre section of Lagoon Valley Park is home to the Pena Adobe house and the Mowers-Goheen Museum. You can learn about the early inhabitants of this area by visiting the museum. Or, you can attend a free event hosted by the docents of the museum on the first Saturday of the month.
Location: 4699 Pena Adobe Road in Vacaville
Go on a docent-led hike in Southern Solano County when you visit King-Swett Ranches. This 4,000-acre open space is managed and owned by the Solano County Land Trust and lies between Fairfield, Benicia, and Vallejo. You can take the docent-led hike on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
As you wander through the grasslands, your docent will share the history of the property, the types of fauna that live here, and the plants and trees that grow in this part of California. You’ll climb the grassy hills alongside ancient oak trees and enjoy the magnificent views. You’ll see Mount Tamalpais to the west, Mount Diablo to the south, San Francisco Bay, San Pablo Bay, and the Golden Gate Bridge to the southwest.
This open space is the perfect place to bring binoculars and a camera as you may get a peek at burrowing owls, soaring raptors, and Western bluebirds. At this time, the King Swett Ranches is not open to the public, and dogs are not allowed.
Contact the Solano County Land Trust for reservations to take this hike. 707-432-0150 or [email protected]
Benicia State Recreation Area
When the summer heat makes hiking in the open grasslands uncomfortable, head over to Benicia State Recreation Area to cool off with breezes blowing off the San Pablo Bay. This 447-acre park features a tidal wetland, a lush marsh, grassy hillsides, and a rocky beach. Kids love scrambling along the tidal marsh looking for young crabs and baby fish like salmon and flounder.
Birders can keep their eyes open for endangered snowy plovers, great blue herons, and California clapper rails. As you hike along the 2.5-mile trail that borders the tidal marsh, watch for cute muskrats, California golden beavers, and comical river otters. If you enjoy fishing, you can cast your line for striped bass, sturgeon, chinook salmon, and anchovies.
You’ll enjoy walking the 1.5-mile trail out to Dillon Point, and if you’re ambitious, you can backpack the 50-mile Carquinez Strait Scenic Loop Trail. The park is open daily from sunrise to sunset and you’ll need to pay a small parking fee.
Location: 1 State Park Road in Benicia
Our team at Mercedes-Benz of Fairfield hopes you and your family enjoy getting exercise at these five places to go hiking and walking in the Fairfield area. Which park or open space is your favorite and why? Do you have a recommendation for a place to get outside that we missed? If so, let us know and we’ll add your suggestion to our list. Just give us a call at (707) 430-0101.