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Nestled along the shore of the San Pablo Bay, China Camp State Park offers magnificent panoramic views of the waterfront and miles of multi-use trails. History buffs, water enthusiasts, hikers, cyclists and equestrians will all find unforgettable experiences at China Camp. Features of the park include an extensive intertidal salt marsh, meadow, and oak habitats. There is a variety of wildlife, including deer, squirrels, coyote, and numerous birds. The park is even home to endangered species such as the California clapper rail and the salt marsh harvest mouse, which live in the salt marsh. A Chinese shrimp-fishing village thrived on this site in the 1880s. Nearly 500 people, originally from Canton, China, lived in the village. In its heyday, there were three general stores, a marine supply store and a barber shop. Fisherman by trade in their native country, they gravitated to the work they knew best. Over 90% of the shrimp they netted were dried and shipped to China or Chinese communities throughout the US. The museum at China Camp Village helps tell the story of these hardy shrimp fisherman. The climate is coastal-temperate. Winter temperatures are in the 50s, while summer temperatures are in the 70s-90s. The park has an average of more than 200 fog-free days per year. General park hours are 8am to sunset. The gate at Back Ranch Meadows Campground is open from 8am to 9pm. Gate is closed at 9pm. Dogs are not permitted on trails.

Great loop to do with young kids (just the turtleback loop). Did it at dusk and heard frogs, owls, plus great views of the east bay. Cool.

This is just a question! Has anyone birded here? What is it like or do the bikes etc scare the birds off?!

Great ride, challenging but doable.

It was beautiful and the weather was nice. There are a lot of mountain bike riders but they all watched out for us hikers.

mountain biking
3 months ago

Exploring the Southern side of China Camp State Park, AKA: Barbier Memorial Park, San Pedro Open Space Preserve...

https://youtu.be/QIjY_cXMCRY

hiking
4 months ago

This place sucks! $3 to hike? It's only 3, but really? Poorly planned, poorly maintained.

Nice clean path and shady

trail running
5 months ago

During the week when the park isn't as crowded, this is a fantastic place for trail running. Many trails, nice breezes on hot days, and beautiful views.

on Ridge Fire Trail

hiking
5 months ago

I love the eucalyptus grove on the top of the ridge, just wish the trail was easier to access from terra Linda.

on Miwok Meadows

trail running
5 months ago

This is on the shoreline trail in China camp. Great trail for running or hiking and this portion is an easy walk and picnic area good for kids.

Hiked this trail last fall and it was a great hike. one thing I realized was this was very popular with mountain bikers and they would come around corners pretty fast. So you have to keep an ear out and listen for oncoming traffic. the riders from behind typically yell out to let you know they're behind you. Great scenic views and photo ops.

mountain biking
8 months ago

Great trail for mountain biking.

It was great experience, we felt like in the movie sound of music;-) we were out of trail way as well as local cows, bunch of cows! On the way back they were chasing us, it was scary by that time but now just funny;-) a lot of horse tours.

mountain biking
11 months ago

Great trail for mountain biking. moderate trail.

It's a great trail to hike on, seems like very well maintained trails for MTB as well. I will have to try it out on a bike next time.

mountain biking
1 year ago

Fun beginners trail. Excellent for learning or getting back in shape!

If you take this trail from the China Camp Village parking lot south along the ridge trail (the china camp village trail will take you to the ridge trail), it's an amazing view of the Bay all the way over to Richmond. It's an easy walk, but you can get great mileage out of it too.

The problem is that it's extremely popular with cyclists. If you can go during a weekday, you might be ok - otherwise, you are guaranteed to be moving for cyclists every 5 minutes or so. It can be stressful.