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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  • We have been going here for years. Doing volunteer work. Having a dog and beer. Walk and hiking and biking here. Heaven on earth.  more »
  • Just few miles from downtown San Rafael you could find yourself in this tiny Chinese fisherman village. Just taking the road at sunset is an amazing experience but be careful, deer, wild turkeys and o...  more »
  • A great place for camping. Very comfortable and private. We enjoyed the walks educational hike with a camp docent. Learned about how fragile and special China Camp is and have a new respect for the ma...  more »

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