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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.

hiking
16 days ago

This was a nice trail It was easy to follow and the trails were well maintained. There has been a lot of rain lately that caused a landslide that required one of the main trails to be closed I also hiked Turtle Hill Easy but very scenic . I saw a few bikers and a couple runners.

Great trail with so much to see. Not to hard and not easy. Going to do trail running next time.

mountain biking
1 month ago

The trail was re-vamped in the beginning of 2016, and made it less full suspension dependent riding. Less technical and more flow. This is a great week workout ride.

Lots of mountain bikers!

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
4 months ago

hiking
4 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.