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China Camp State Park

N. San Pedro Road, San Rafael, CA 94901
+1 415-456-0766
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Great little campground which is a hike in camp. The raccoons are a little obnoxious but the kids... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Coree C
Novato, California
via mobile
Love this place!!

Walk in sites only but not far at all.Clean garbage cans(oxy moron)are provided to haul gear.Most... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Modesto, California
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Located on the grounds of an old Chinese fishing settlement, this park includes over 1,500 acres of beaches, hiking trails and picnic grounds.
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  • Very good34%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
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N. San Pedro Road, San Rafael, CA 94901
+1 415-456-0766
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

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 beach area. It was good...More

Thank Coree C
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

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 nightly looking for insecure food.Put something heavy in front of lockers or they...More

Thank Yosemitesteve
Reviewed 5 July 2017 via mobile

Great walks ... overlooking the bay . The history of China Camp is interesting even though there is not much left .

Thank zuni P
Reviewed 2 July 2017 via mobile

We love China Camp and it's many acres of land, trails, etc. Always so peaceful....we especially love it in the early morning!

Thank Pierce L
Reviewed 22 May 2017

I really like to spend time at China Camp, even if it is just to go for a 1 hour hike. There are beautiful views over the bay, it's a great place to spend time with the family and with friends. I recommend visiting the...More

1  Thank anabW1262OD
Reviewed 10 April 2017

There is a toll for parking-- $5. Picnic tables available. Small historical museum. Boats anchor in front of the beach....Long pier. Great for families; kids can play on the beach. The last of the Chinese setters passed away recently. He had a small restaurant on...More

1  Thank M6116KFjoanb
Reviewed 9 April 2017

Dogs on leashes ok-- beautiful water views, some sandy beach a sense of history, very safe, no garbage

1  Thank louette q
Reviewed 3 April 2017

If you are anywhere near San Rafael, plan to spend a few hours at China Camp. You will love the experience. Better yet, lend your support to preserve and restore this hugely important historic site. Google "Friends of China Camp" for more info!

1  Thank Joseph S
Reviewed 16 February 2017

We enjoyed this very easy trail overlooking the Bay marsh.There was plenty of room to park on the side of the road.The trail flat and well marked with educational signs.

1  Thank happyM756XP
Reviewed 13 February 2017 via mobile

I have been riding at China Camp since I moved to San Francisco 20 years ago. It can be a 30-45 minute trip from the city but definitely worth the trip if you are craving Singletrack instead of fire roads. I would rank the trails...More

Thank Rob S
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2 April 2017|
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Response from Judith S | Reviewed this property |
From the state park website... At Back Ranch Meadows Campground reservations can be made all year-round by calling Reserve America at 1-800-444-PARK (7275). All campsites at Back Ranch Meadows campground are HIKE-IN SITES... More
7 July 2016|
Response from timo2btimo | Reviewed this property |
We traveled in early November, and didn't see any bees. The bathrooms were not clean, with little bits of dried toilet paper on the floor. They didn't pay the propane bill, (according to management) so there was no hot... More