hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

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.

hiking
2 months ago

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.

mountain biking
3 months ago

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
4 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
5 months ago

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