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China Camp State Park

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Address: N. San Pedro Road, San Rafael, CA 94901
Phone Number: 415-456-0766
Activities: Mountain biking, Hiking, Camping
Description: Located on the grounds of an old Chinese fishing settlement, this park...
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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Getting back to nature in Marin

China Camp is a beautiful park on San Pablo Bay that once was a small fishing village where in the late 1800s Chinese immigrants fished for shrimp. Today it is a popular spot... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 2, 2015
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Oakland, California
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Oakland, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015 NEW

China Camp is a beautiful park on San Pablo Bay that once was a small fishing village where in the late 1800s Chinese immigrants fished for shrimp. Today it is a popular spot with hikers, bicyclists and picnickers. At one time decades ago, it was the site of the Renaissance Pleasure Faire. It is a restful spot with plenty of... More 

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Oakland, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

A hidden historic treasure. Built by Chinese immigrants who fished the San Francisco Bay, now a park, this scenic spot offers hiking and Bay breezes with a chance to learn a few things about California history. Don't miss it.

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Rochester, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

The trails in China Camp State Park offer wonderful beginner and intermediate mountain biking or easy hiking or trail running with amazing views of the bay from open spaces and woodlands.

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San Rafael, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

This is a state camp that has many different features. There is a small encampment where Chinese workers lived and raised vegetables as well as a cabin where they lived and various nautical remnants that have been preserved. There are varying levels of hiking trails and one campground. Hikers, mountain bikers and animals like deer share this lovely open space,... More 

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Espoo, Finland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015

Cool trail even for beginners. Easy to approach, only 3 $ per rider fee and very easy to follow trail marking.

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San Rafael, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015 via mobile

They continue to widen and gentrify the trails at China Camp...pretty soon it will resemble a fire road instead of single track. What a shame. And, unless you go near sunrise or sunset, you'll get mean looks from any hikers you pass. To be a fee driven location, it is very unfriendly to mountain bikers.

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San Rafael, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015

Great historical lesson about the Chinese immigrants in the Bay Area in the 19th and early 20th Centuries. There are still some original building left along with a pier. Nice picnic spots around this area.

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

China Camp is picturesque, interesting, and a delight for creatives--painters, photographers, and nature/history lovers.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

this is one of the best kept secrets in San Rafael. One-of-a-kind cafe's- blessedly preserved - the beach is great for kayaking, bathrooms are clean, historical center is extremely well-done.

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Fort Bragg, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

China Camp harkens back to a time of segregation of Chinese workers. Another dark chapter in California history. Chinese workers brought to the US to do the dirty work for low pay. Forced to live apart from whites, the Chinese built their own communities away from other settlements. Several buildings are preserved in this turn of the century encampment. Great... More 

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Address: N. San Pedro Road, San Rafael, CA 94901
Phone Number: 415-456-0766
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Marin County  >  San Rafael

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