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China Camp State Park

N. San Pedro Road, San Rafael, CA 94901
+1 415-456-0766
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Great hiking and places to picnic

We love hiking in the China Camp hills. Easy access and a fairly easy walk. There are lots of... read more

Reviewed yesterday
peggy b
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San Rafael, California
Whaas up!@&

Pretty boring to me. I liked the old movie posters, All BBQ. grills were taken by families. Bad... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Robert C
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Located on the grounds of an old Chinese fishing settlement, this park includes over 1,500 acres of beaches, hiking trails and picnic grounds.
  • Excellent59%
  • Very good33%
  • Average6%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“shrimp” (14 reviews)
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N. San Pedro Road, San Rafael, CA 94901
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+1 415-456-0766
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"hiking trails"
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"get away"
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"fishing village"
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"chinese immigrants"
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"chinese fishing"
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"history lesson"
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"china beach"
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"bike ride"
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"small museum"
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Reviewed yesterday

We love hiking in the China Camp hills. Easy access and a fairly easy walk. There are lots of bikers on the trail, most of which are friendly and share the paths. Beautiful views and lots of wildlife all in the heart of Marin County.

Thank peggy b
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Pretty boring to me. I liked the old movie posters, All BBQ. grills were taken by families. Bad beach with water too cold to swim in. Unlikely I’ll return here even though I live close by.

Thank Robert C
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Around 1880, Chinese immigrants moved to San Pablo bay in California. They have loved based on fishing shrimp. In 1882 a law prohibited them to immigrate. The community reduced to a few members. Discrimination in not a good strategy among humans. Very interesting place to...More

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Reviewed April 11, 2018

Really enjoyed visiting China Camp State Park for the first time. Nice drive along and above the water, good history at the China Camp, and great hikes on both sides of the road. And deer wandering around too!

Thank KFromOregon
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Reviewed March 25, 2018

Great spot to get away to for a picnic and calming moment. Slight drive off of Hwy #101 but worth the time. Quiet and peaceful vistas.

Thank MPierce2fly
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Reviewed March 4, 2018 via mobile

We decided to take a drive to China Camp and to our surprise we were mesmerized by the beauty surrounding the bay. Tides were so calm as we watched the sunset and scenes were so peaceful and serene. We found many stops where you could...More

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Reviewed March 3, 2018

China Camp in a historic place. Take time to visit the old shrimp fishing camp. Hiking the Miwok Meadows around Back Ranch is easy & beautiful. You might see wild turkeys.

Thank crackersc
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Reviewed February 22, 2018

This was a Chinese Fishing Village that offers a lot of history. The people who created and settled this village were Chinese labors who had work on the transcontinental rail road and after its completion created a shrimping industry. Lot of evidence of how they...More

Thank Dudley H
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Reviewed February 19, 2018

This local hangout is not to be missed. You will avoid the crowds while you hike, bike (mountain or road), camp or horseback ride this beautiful corner of the Bay Area. It's rated one of the top kid attractions and it will only cost you...More

Thank Mychelle F
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Reviewed January 25, 2018

Beautiful area to visit and to sit by and read a book to relax. I go to Marin County every summer and love to go get quiet time at China Beach.

Thank Ana G
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glgypsy24
April 2, 2017|
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Response from Judith S | Reviewed this property |
From the state park website... At Back Ranch Meadows Campground reservations can be made all year-round by calling Reserve America at 1-800-444-PARK (7275). All campsites at Back Ranch Meadows campground are HIKE-IN SITES... More
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July 7, 2016|
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We traveled in early November, and didn't see any bees. The bathrooms were not clean, with little bits of dried toilet paper on the floor. They didn't pay the propane bill, (according to management) so there was no hot... More
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