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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
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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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Endless walking trails, series of parks rest alongside San Pablo Bay

Stayed in San Rafael for a week and the manager of the hotel I stayed at suggested China Camp State Park for its vast walking trails. Really enjoyed trails overlooking San Pablo... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
MNCynthea
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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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10 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Stayed in San Rafael for a week and the manager of the hotel I stayed at suggested China Camp State Park for its vast walking trails. Really enjoyed trails overlooking San Pablo Bay. Lots of rest areas you can pull into for bathrooms and picnic tables. I think usage fee to park is like maybe $3.50 or some such small... More 

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San Geronimo, California
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49 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

There are many aspects to China Camp. Historical monument, a riparian environment, picnics, camping on the other side of the road, hiking, and just relaxing on the lawn. The road there reminds me of a mini Big Sur. The views across the bay are beautiful. Our kids have gone swimming there, but not sure that's legal!

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San Rafael, California
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8 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2015

Nice little beach park. Bring a picnic basket and enjoy the water on a nice day. Lots of history here.

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San Diego, California
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7 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2015

A great place to experience a bit of California history at what is left of a Chinese fishing camp. A small beach with good views and also dog friendly.

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Richmond, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2015

China Camp State Park is such an amazing state park, with several trails to choose from, and with the view of the San Pablo Bay! We spent a very nice time, and after our hiking enjoy our picnic at the China Camp Point Picnic area which doesn't need a reservation, and the machines to pay for parking, and hiking are... More 

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Redwood City, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2015

If I was biking this area, the review would be more positive. The poor review is mostly a rating on the beach area by the actual China Camp. The information about the old village was interesting, but it took just 10 minutes to get through. The beach area have gravel by the water which wasn't comfortable to walk on. The... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2015

China Camp has history and a wealth of natural beauty with its verdant woods, mountains and bay shore expanses. Lots of trails for walking, hiking and mountain biking. Great spot to get away from the city for a ½ day adventure. Enjoy. ...

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San Francisco, California
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23 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2015

The park does not allow any leashed pets on any trail. This rules out the use of this park for me and my family as we prefer to include our dog Sadie when we go out and enjoy the outdoors. For those without pets who live in the inner Bay Area it is easy to get to and offers picnic... More 

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Hastings, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2015

This state park almost in town but not, offers good hiking and bike trails with some great views. Wild turkeys, deer plus all sorts of wild life ,even mountain lions although not seen very often.

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San Rafael, California
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2015

How lucky are we who live here in San Rafael? We have access to so many phenomenal outdoor venues in Marin. This gem is right in our backyard. Biking, picnicing, hunting for beach glass, learning of our history...What's not to love?

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