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China Camp State Park, San Rafael
(4.2/5 based on 140 reviews on the web)
China Camp State Park is a state park of California, United States, surrounding a historic Chinese American shrimp-fishing village and a salt marsh. The park is located in San Rafael, California, on the shore of San Pablo Bay. It is known for its hiking and mountain biking trails, scenic views, and open spaces. The 1514acre park was established in 1976. A 75acre district including the shrimping village and a prehistoric shell midden were added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1979 for having state-level significance in archaeology, architecture, commerce, settlement, and social history.China Camp State Park, along with the Rush Ranch Open Space Preserve, is part of the San Francisco Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve.HistoryPre-Chinese settlementPrior to the 1700s, the area now containing the park was inhabited by indigenous Coast Miwok people, who lived by hunting game, harvesting acorns from the local oaks, and fishing and gathering seafood from the bay. After the 1775 arrival of the Spanish, who founded the nearby Mission San Rafael Arcángel, the Miwok were largely wiped out within 100 years.
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TripAdvisor
  • They didn't bother to pay the utility bill so no hot showers. We learned why there were no showers both from the camp hosts and from a notice they posted on the shower doors after we complained, "Show...  more »
  • Very old Chinese shrimping village. Interesting old processing buildings, one of which houses the museum. A couple of ancient cottages which are still occupied. Long pier. I have done several painting...  more »
  • Small historic park telling the story of the Chinese shrimping the San Francisco Bay. Pebble beach, old buildings, boats and dock. Great picnic area with views of the water and surrounding hills. Nice...  more »
Google
  • Beautiful family Fun come see for yourself. You wont be disapointed. Lots of wasps flying around but its under controlled mostly
  • Great place for family functions or dates! A lot of room for picnics and its the perfect spot to launch your kayak.
  • Excellent facilities. Good parking. Launch area for kayaks. $5 day use for cars.
  • Great place to take your dogs, picnic, or hiking. There is plenty of off street parking, however it costs $5/ day.
  • Good and ok. There is a crazy hostile guy living in multiple boats which makes things weird. But beautiful beautiful views and really interesting history of the bay. If not for the weird guy who thinks he owns the place it would be 5 stars.