China Camp State Park Campground is located near the shores of San Pablo Bay, on the northern end of the San Francisco Bay area. China Camp is a pretty campground with views of the bay, meadows, salt marshes, and plenty of wildlife. The campground itself is shaded by oak trees, provided some needed respite from the summer sun in this area which gets less fog and high clouds than the rest of the bay area in the summertime.
China Camp State Park is a popular hiking destination for the bay area, with miles of scenic hiking trails that overlook San Pablo Bay. Another popular attraction at the park is the China Camp Village, which is a replica of the original Chinese village that was located where the park now sits.
There are 31 walk-in, tent-only campsites at China Camp State Park, each of which has a picnic table, food locker, fire ring, and access to bathrooms with showers.
China Camp State Park Campground – Bottom Line
The campground at China Camp State Park is located in a very pretty setting, with meadows nearby, and overlooking salt mashes and San Pablo Bay. The campground is somewhat underutilized, making camping here a little more private and secluded. China Camp was one of the 70 state parks that was threatened with shut down by California State Parks.
The hiking at China Camp is pretty great, the views of the bay and surrounding countryside also make it popular with day hikers. However, China Camp is usually pretty busy, so privacy and quiet can sometimes be a luxury.
The bottom line on China Camp State Park Campground is check it out, but if you are looking for a rustic camping experience to get away from people, China Camp is not it. It is very beautiful though.
China Camp State Park Campground Features
|Campground Type:||Organized, Walk-in|
|Number of Campsites:||31 campsites|
|Cell Phone Service:||Yes|
|Operating Season:||Campground open year-round|
|Geo Coordinates:||38.001662, -122.465124|
|Nearest City/Town:||San Rafael, California|
|Location:||Marin County, California|
|Paved Road Access:||Yes|
|Proximity to Stores:||San Rafael, CA is about 6 miles away|
|Directions:||From San Francisco, head north on the US 101. In San Rafael, take the North San Pedro Road exit, and head east for 5 miles. The Back Ranch Meadows Campground entrance is on your right.|
Maps & Brochures
|Web:||China Camp State Park Website||Twitter:|
|Reservations:||Online Campsite Reservations|
When To Go
What To Do
Hiking – China Camp State Park has nearly 15 miles of hiking trails, many of which offer views of the bay.
China Camp Village – Replica of the original Chinese fishing village that once was located here.
In the 1880s a Chinese shrimp-fishing village was located on the site of China Camp State Park (hence the name of the park). At the peak, nearly 500 people lived here, most of which were originally from Canton, China.