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China Camp State Park, San Rafael

Categories: State Parks, Nature & Parks
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4.2/5 based on 130+ 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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  • With possibly the best beach on the bay, and hiking riding trails this is a spot that attracts folks from Terra Linda and San Rafael. 
  • This hidden gem is just a few minutes drive from downtown San Rafael. Easy parking access and in just a few minutes you can have your deck chair unfolded and be gazing and the sparkling water of the S...  read more »
  • China camp beach is interesting. I think it has a snack shack which was never open when I went and I think an old Chinese boat. Overall, it is just a slightly interesting beach. The sand is a little r...  read more »
  • My second favorite place in Marin to Mountain Bike. Almost all single tracks that are very & Flowy. Be sure to buy the $3 day pass at one of the kiosks.
  • 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.
  • Take care when visiting this heritage village as Frank Quan, the last remaining resident of a shrimping village established by Chinese immigrants on the northern shore of San Francisco Bay has died this week at the age of 91. The Marin Independent Journal reported that he worked hard to help the transition to a state park and was the last shrimp fisherman there.
  • Great place for family functions or dates! A lot of room for picnics and its the perfect spot to launch your kayak.
  • Great loop for hiking or biking. In and out of the shade, over bridges, and through open plains. You're sure to see some animals, if not, some lovely views. Try to bring your car into the parking lot and pay for parking, your dollars help keep these places open.
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