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China Camp State Park, San Rafael

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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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  • There is a fee to hike the main path and a fee for parking. It's a nice area for a picnic or a walk if you are in the area. 
    There is a fee to hike the main path and a fee for parking. It's a nice area for a picnic or a walk if you are in the area.  more »
  • I was doing a mountain bike tour of California, and MTB project recommended China camp State Park. Really enjoyed it! This had some decently technical single track, with great elevation, and some super fast and fun downhills. But some folks park on the road outside of the park and just pay the day fee while you can also pay a couple dollars more and get in park parking should you choose. The ranger at the front was super friendly and helped me get my bearings. Definitely want to go back!
  • Beautiful, serene and quiet campground only 10 mins from San Rafael. Breath taking views of the bay. Morning fog but really sunny and beautiful during the day. No rv's, only tents. You have to carry your camping gear up in trash bins. Nice wildlife in the morning which include deer. Great place to vacation, camp or get away from the city.

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