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China Camp State Park

Address: N. San Pedro Road, San Rafael, CA 94901
Phone Number: 415-456-0766
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Ranked #2 of 8 Attractions in San Rafael
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: State Parks, Outdoors
Activities: Hiking, Camping, Mountain biking
Owner description: Located on the grounds of an old Chinese fishing settlement, this park includes over 1,500 acres of...
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Type: State Parks, Outdoors
Activities: Hiking, Camping, Mountain biking
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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114 reviews 114 reviews
45 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

China Camp is an amazing place to go for families to take kids to learn history to enjoy Bayview too enjoy nature to take nature hikes. It has it all. There is so large that it isn't really just one spot as you're driving through North marin along the coastline or I should say the bay line you get these... More 

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San Francisco, California
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14 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

China Camp is a wonderful venue for hiking, picnics & a good time. Well worth the visit to travel back in time & learn of the history of this epic place, but the beauty of being by the bay on a sunny day? Fabulous!

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northern california
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59 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

This is a largely undeveloped huge historic park, with bay beach access, a swimming pool and bbq grounds, hiking trails, biking trails and camp grounds. There is a parking charge at the more developed beach facilities, and at the pool, though if you're willing to walk, you can get in for less or for free. The history of the place... More 

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Livermore, CA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

I had a friend many years ago, whose mom owned China Camp as a private residence area. Milt had us out for dinner and a walk around,. Among other things, he told us that John Wayne made of movie there. It was nice to return and see that it has been restored. Good place to walk around and so necessary... More 

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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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San Rafael, California
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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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