China Camp State Park, San Rafael

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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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  • July 30, 2017
    Great little campground which is a hike in camp. The raccoons are a little obnoxious but the kids thought it was cool. You have to pay to hike there which is a bummer and kind of weird. We liked the b...  more »
  • July 27, 2017
    Walk in sites only but not far at all.Clean garbage cans(oxy moron)are provided to haul gear.Most spots are 100-300 yds from the parking lot. Quiet campground for the most part.Raccoons will visit nig...  more »
  • July 5, 2017
    Great walks ... overlooking the bay . The history of China Camp is interesting even though there is not much left .  more »

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