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China Camp State Park, San Rafael
(4.3/5 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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Reviews
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  • I admittedly know very little about the history behind the name of this place, shameful as it's in my very back yard, so I'm sure I'll bone up on the history. Still, that's never stopped me from ventu...  more »
  • All the views and walks along the bay front are scenic and nice. Nice bit of history there at China Camp itself. The interior hiking trials can be very hot in summer. 
  • 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. 
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  • 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.