China Camp State Park, San Rafael

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State Park · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park
China Camp State Park is a state park in Marin County, California, surrounding a historic Chinese American shrimp-fishing village and a salt marsh. The park is located in San Rafael, California, on the shore of San Pablo Bay. It is known for its hiking and mountain biking trails, scenic views, and open spaces. The 1,514-acre (613 ha) park was established in 1976. A 75-acre (30 ha) district, including the shrimping village and a prehistoric shell midden, were added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1979 for having state-level significance in archaeology, architecture, commerce, settlement, and social history. China Camp State Park, along with the Rush Ranch Open Space Preserve, is part of the San Francisco Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve.
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  • I started from the Scettrini Fire Road San Pablo Rd. (in San Rafael), climbing up towards the Entry gate of China Camp at Bay Hills Drive. I started at 9:30 AM and arrived at about 11 AM. Great...  more »
  • We drove through the park on point San Pedro Rd and stopped in many locations. Great place for walking / hiking / biking. There is the original China fishing camp that was very interesting. A must...  more »
  • Charming quiet spot for relaxing and swimming. The history and love being poured into the park by volunteers is wonderful. Brings you back to both the ugly and beautiful side of yesteryear. Totally worth a visit if you want to go for a swim and commune with nature yet not be inundated by crowds. Marin has much to offer beyond the obvious glitz
  • Maybe it was the time of the year but I did not like that there was a lot of dust. Every time wind blew, we had to rush to cover things. And there were ticks. They did post the lime disease warning which was scary too. Also camp sites did not have water source close by. There was one near the restroom. One of the shower was not working. The other was fine and pro wa that they were not charging quarters for it. They did have hot water.

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