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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 10 attractions in San Rafael
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: State Parks
Activities: Hiking, Camping, Mountain biking
Traveler Description: China Camp State Park is one of Marin's secrets.  Beautiful marshlands, excellent biking and hiking trails and surreal natural feel, along with no... more »
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San Rafael, California
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

This is the mountain bikers paradise, and they dominate the trails. But they are polite and really look out for hikers. The trails are both open and in the woods, with great views of the Bay and the surroundings hills. It is a place that you can go any season, and the spring flowers are really a good show. I... More

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San Rafael, California
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

If you are visiting San Rafael, a drive through China Camp State Park would be a nice relaxing place to go. You can hike, picnic, cycle, and even stay at a camp site. It is also a nice area to take pictures. There is also a historical museum you can learn about the shrimp industry that once operated in the... More

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San Francisco, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

The historic base (or camp) for the Chinese fleet of shrimp fishermen that plied their trade on the north bay in the 1880s. Tons of trails for biking and hiking.

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San Rafael, California
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52 reviews 52 reviews
22 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2014

Very well maintained park with great views of the bay and a cool historic village. Nice cool breeze and shade on a hot day. Cute campground

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San Anselmo
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

Last Chinese camp where shrimp were caught, dried and sent to China. Now only one person left. Interestin history and site....

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Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
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5 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2014

There are good trails lots of turkeys and wildlife. It's a great place to go for runs and for picnics and parking is really cheap. It's a short distance from downtown San Rafael in the Terra Linda area. The one downside is the historical stuff isn't open all of the time.

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San Rafael, California, United States
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2014

great place to hike and bike. it's a bit of competition with the mt. bikers on the trails, but they are generally very polite. try some trails that are hikers only for a truly relaxing walk. great views.

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San Rafael, California
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14 reviews 14 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2013

China Camp is one of our favorite places in Marin. When the fog pours in and Marin beaches on the coast are cold and damp one can almost always count on sun and warmth at China Camp. The water is warmer than on the coast and fine for wading for young children. We've never been to China camp when it... More

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San Rafael, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2013

What a natural beauty spot. Lots of warmish water, places to walk/hike. Great history exhibits. Sometimes docents and food.

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San Rafael, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

WE LIVE AND WORK ,near this expansive park area on the west shores of San Pablo bay. fishing for striped bass or for Sturgeon keeps the boats on the water.But you can fish from the pier at china beach.Miles and miles of trails are available and the area is big but not congested.To drive thru from Peacock gap to north... More

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