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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 2014
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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Mill Valley, California
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5 reviews 5 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

China Camp is an historic shrimping village that was home to generations of an immigrant family that successfully fished the San Francisco Bay. Their equipment is in place as is their junk boat that plied the waters. The family's history includes racist backlash and unscrupulous practices that finally shut down shrimping in the bay. China Camp sits at the end... More

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Paris, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

Came here with two friends and a guide for a mountain bike tour - it was my first time on a mountain bike in this environment, so I was a little apprehensive, but I managed it OK, and my friends (who ride often) found it interesting too. We climbed for around 90 minutes, reaching the top of the fire road... More

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Northern California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

We passed by because I know most state parks have parking and restrooms. You have to pay for parking but if you plan on hitting up any other state beach you can use the same receipt. This has great views and it's mostly marsh like & trees. Lots of bicyclists are around and people parking on the sides of the... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2014

We are not from the area and just wanted a place to walk around. This place is great but why the parking fees? We were surprised it was $5 to park even though we just wanted to walk for a few minutes, so we left.

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San Rafael, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

We have enjoyed China Camp State Park for many, many years. When our kids were young, we loved to bring them to the beach and let them play in the water, mostly throwing stones in. Not really a swimming place, but cool breezes by the water's edge, and the stony (rounded stones mostly) beach was always a favorite with our... More

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San Rafael, California, United States
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4 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2014

Lovely beach, small waves for wading and history lesson all for the price of parking ( 5.00) wade, paint, enjoy a shrimp cocktail and rest on the unhurried shore. Picnic and barbecue-all within 20 minutes from San Rafael- stop at Whole Foods, United Market or Trader Joes to grab a picnic on the way- you won't want to miss the... More

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Los Angeles
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014

This place is worth a quick visit if you want to stretch your legs and shoot some photos of some unique old buildings on the water.

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San Rafael, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014

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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

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
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

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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