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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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We live so close to China Camp, yet don't take advantage of it. The last time we were there was on a weekend and we ordered the shrimp sandwich at the little diner there (which... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
Monique B
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San Rafael, California
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San Rafael, California
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8 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We live so close to China Camp, yet don't take advantage of it. The last time we were there was on a weekend and we ordered the shrimp sandwich at the little diner there (which is only open on weekends) and it was delicious! The place is quaint and full of history. Look forward to going again soon..

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Lake Tahoe (Nevada), Nevada
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33 reviews
9 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Whether on foot or bicycle this is a great location to get away from the hubub of the Bay area. A must see location.

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Ogden, Utah
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We spent time at the visitor center by the beach. It talks about the history of the area, if you are interested. We sat on the beach (mostly rocks) and my son waded and played for a while. We then drove through the rest of the park and saw a few deer and enjoyed the scenery. It isn't really a... More 

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Novato, California
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4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We camped here - it's a walk in campground, which is great if you are walking into a more primitive environment, but this is just a dusty open space with camp on top of camp. We had fun, the place is pretty clean. Drive a couple of miles to China Camp for a pretty cool museum and nice beach to... More 

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San Rafael, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

At the beginning, (or end) of a very pretty drive. This is a restoration and preservation of a Chinese shrimping village of early last century. The rest of the park has great views of San Pablo Bay, the tidal wetlands and, from the hills above, views of San Francisco, San Francisco Bay, Marin and Sonoma in the distance. it is... More 

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Thank Marincpa
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

so many places you can hike and bike in the Bay Area with better views for free. I don't see the reason for charging people to use these trails. I would not recommend this area to anyone visiting since there is nothing special about it except having to potentially pay twice. once for parking and once for the trail. terrible.

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stevedeering, Manager at China Camp State Park, responded to this review

Greetings, travelG74, China Camp State Park was slated for closure in 2011 due to state budget cuts. All-volunteer Friends of China Camp agreed to operate the park as a nonprofit partner and has been doing so since then. In order to make this arrangement financially viable, nominal user fees are required. You pay once, either $5 for parking or $3... More 

San Rafael, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It's a beautiful oasis, just a few minutes from Highway 101. You can hike, bike, lay on the beach, and learn about the history of the Chinese shrimping industry here in a quaint museum.

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northern cal
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I used to live very close to this park and loved going hiking while my husband went mountain biking. It's a nice option for single track trails and some fire roads with views out over the Bay and wetlands. Know that on the weekend there are a LOT of mountain bikers. There are some pretty good climbs if you want... More 

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Portland, OR
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

The history of this stunningly beautiful park is interesting. Lots of good hiking trails, although dogs are not allowed on trails. It is adjacent to a city and county park so is a big green space.

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Seattle
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370 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 155 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2016

This park, which is easy to reach and has ample parking, has stunning views of the bay. Near the wharf are many fascinating photos and a small museum which documents the history of Chinese shrimp fishers and the town that supported them in this area. Near the beach area is lots of scope for dog walking and play. On the... More 

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