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.

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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
Cost: $35/night
Use Level: High
Dogs Allowed: Yes
Fire Rings: Yes
Drinking Water: Yes
Toilets: Yes
Showers: None
Trash/Dumpsters: Yes
Hiking Access: Yes
Beach/Lake Access: Yes
RV/Trailer Length: N/A
RV/Trailer Amenities: None
Cell Phone Service: Yes
Wifi: None
Operating Season: Campground open year-round

Getting There

Geo Coordinates: 38.001662, -122.465124
Nearest City/Town: San Rafael, California
Elevation: 80 Feet
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

China Camp State Park Brochure 


Phone: (415) 488-5161 Facebook:
Web: China Camp State Park Website Twitter:
Reservations: Online Campsite Reservations

When To Go

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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.

Fun Facts

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.

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  1. Hey, Justin! Just wanted to give you and your readers an update on Back Ranch campsite in China Camp. The food lockers are a mess, particularly at site #15 and #14. The wooden boxes are old, and semi-derelict. Consequently, mice despoiled about a third of our food and it’s just a matter of time before the raccoons claw their way in.
    If you are car camping, this is probably not going to be an issue. Folks that do that typically have coolers and storage options, which allow them to store and secure their food. My husband and I took public transit to this site and backpacked in. Had we known, we would have rented bear canisters from REI or just come up with another solutions for storage.


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