Take a hike in Fairfield

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With its rolling hills, never-ending skyline and beautiful scenic views, Fairfield is a popular destination for outdoor enthusiasts. Whether visitors are planning a hike at Rockville Hills Regional Park, a bike ride through Suisun Valley, or a family stroll at Rush Ranch, Fairfield has an adventure waiting. In honor of Take a Hike Day (Nov. 17), here are a few popular hiking spots in and around our community.

Rockville Hills Regional Park: The 600-acre Rockville Hills Regional Park is a popular destination for locals and visitors. People regularly come from throughout the Bay Area to enjoy the outdoor recreation at Rockville Hills, which includes leisure hiking, jogging and mountain biking. There are over 30 miles of trails and picnic areas in these grasslands and oak woodlands. There are over two-dozen trails in Rockville Hills for visitors to explore and a map available at the main entrance lists each one according to three skill levels. This makes Rockville an ideal spot for families with small children or skilled runners. Two of the most popular trails will take visitors to a pond and lake. Another trail, going up the hills, leads to a cave. Bring your camera along with your hiking shoes because there are so many beautiful sights, in wildlife and nature, you will want to capture while visiting the park. Rockville Hills is located on Rockville Road in Fairfield and is open seven days a week.

Rush Ranch Open Space: Rush Ranch is a 2,070-acre open space managed by Solano Land Trust that offers exciting exploration opportunities for all ages. Bordered on one side by the Suisun Marsh, Rush Ranch has won countless hearts with its rolling grasslands, serene tranquility, rich history, and an abundance of bird and wildlife viewing opportunities. Rush Ranch features a visitors center, a working blacksmith shop, historical ranching equipment, hiking trails and bird watching. Whether you are a child or an adult, a hiker, a birdwatcher, a teacher, or a photographer – this jewel will win you over. Ongoing activities at the ranch give guests the opportunity to get a closer look at the habitat of the marsh through docent-guided hikes. There are also blacksmithing demonstrations, astronomer-led stargazing events and the popular “Get the Rush” events in the spring, summer and early fall months. The ranch also features three trails ideal for self-guided hikes. Admission to the ranch is free. Rush Ranch is located in the Potrero Hills along Grizzly Island Road in the Suisun Marsh and is open seven days a week year-round, from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. March through October and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. November through February.

Lynch Canyon: Lynch Canyon serves as an important buffer zone between the communities in Fairfield and Vallejo. It is located just north of Interstate 80 between American Canyon Road and Highway 12. It is open to the public year-round, Saturday to Monday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. With its steep grasslands, Lynch Canyon is home to a wide variety of flora and fauna. Buckeyes, oaks and wetland meadows provide shelter for deer, fox, bobcat, waterfowl and many raptors, including red-tailed and red-shouldered hawks and the majestic golden eagle. A small reservoir provides a home to muskrats, great blue herons and endangered California red-legged frogs. The spring wildflowers are also a beautiful sight every year. Just like with the other two locations highlighted, you will want to bring your camera when visiting Lynch Canyon.