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China Camp State Park

N. San Pedro Road, San Rafael, CA 94901
415-456-0766
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Ranked #1 of 11 Attractions in San Rafael
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: State Parks, Outdoors
Activities: Hiking, Camping, Mountain biking
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Owner description: Located on the grounds of an old Chinese fishing settlement, this park includes over 1,500 acres of beaches, hiking trails and picnic grounds.

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San Rafael, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

if you park within the park and beach facility, there is a parking charge. China Camp State Park has multiple hiking trails that start near Peacock Gap and go into the camping areas. Beautiful vistas can be enjoyed on most of the trails. On the Bay side there is a self guided tour with educational markers with descriptions of the... More

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mill valley, CA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

China Camp has miles of single-track trails, with great views of San Francisco Bay, forest and grassland. You can get away from it all here. On the weekends, the bikers come out and that can make for difficulties in passing each other on the narrow paths--so hikers/runners are better advised to go during the week. There are hills and other... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

We went here with visiting friends for a quick picnic getaway from the typical tourist sites. We found a picnic table with gorgeous views of the bay and the seals even cooperated by frolicking close by. We were there on a Sunday during a big football game, so we had the place practically to ourselves. There are also extensive hiking... More

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Mill Valley, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014

During the week this place is quiet and tranquil. One can think back to the history that created this place and put oneself back in the shoes of those to whom this park is dedicated. A great place to spend a few moments or a whole day!

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Mill Valley, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

Most people in Marin have heard of China Camp but have never been there. It is worth the short drive from the freeway to experience this scenic and historic area. It is a former Chinese fishing village with a little museum down the main parking area where the last Chinese fisherman lives. There is a replica of an old Chinese... More

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

This state park has the last of the Bay Area's gold rush-era Chinese shrimping camps complete with historic buildings, a small museum, great picnicking and absolutely beautiful views of San Pablo Bay and environs just north of the Richmond Bridge.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

Never for even a moment look away at a scenic marvel or a flying bird. You are likely to get run over by a group of speeding bicyclist or a get smashed into the poison oak by a passing huge horse or two . Great place for other things.... just not hiking!!!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

i'm assuming the surrounding trails are part of the park. china camp itself is tiny but nice especially for those interested in chinese immigration. otherwise, not worth the trip unless you want to hike easy trails with great vistas and few visitors. parking at the lot is $5, and i'm unsure if you can get away parking on the side... More

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San Rafael, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

Right in the middle of a densely -populated area is this mass of trails, coastline, and a couple picnic/ camping areas. I have even been to a few big parties at their group site which were a ball. 4/5 stars because they don't have fresh water available everywhere and you have to haul everything in. Also, some of the restrooms... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

I went on a recent mountain biking trip here, which was my first visit here. I really enjoyed it. There are lots of trails and mountain biking, although the trails in China Camp more more "beginner" level for mountain biking, which is fine for those who just want to have a fun time without having to worry about very technical... More

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