Bay Area outdoors enthusiasts have long dreamed of having trail systems circling the region along its hilltops and along its waterways.
The Bay Area Ridge Trail tackles the hilltop route. Some 330 miles of a targeted 550 miles of trails are open, including about 29 miles in Solano County. The Solano County portions pass through such areas as Lynch Canyon Open Space and Rockville Hills Park and along McGary Road.
More should be coming in future years. For example, the Solano Land Trust recently bought the 1,500-acre Rockville Trails property in the hills above Suisun and Green valleys, providing the opportunity to extend the trail from adjacent Rockville Hills Park toward Napa County.
The Bay Trail envisions a 500-mile trail along the shorelines. Existing segments in Solano County include the Benicia Bridge and Carquinez Bridge pedestrian paths, as well as segments along the Benicia and Vallejo waterfronts.
More information: Bay Area Ridge Trail, 415-561-2599, www.ridgetrail.org; Bay Trail, 510-464-7900, www.baytrail.org