Turtle Back Trail at China Camp State Park by Harriot Manley

China Camp State Park

Open 8 a.m. to sunset daily

Friends of China Camp

In 2012, the State of California suspended funding for 70 state parks across California. China Camp State Park was among those facing closure. Since then, Friends of China Camp, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, has operated China Camp State Park. Our organization depends on thousands of hours of volunteer service and donations from our local community to keep our park open and thriving.

Hikers along Shoreline Trail in China Camp State Park by Harriot Manley
Hiking & biking

Enjoy 15 miles of multi-use trails, from family-friendly routes to challenging climbs and descents.

Young cyclist shows off his annual pass by Harriot Manley
Passes

Purchase annual trail and parking passes to support China Camp State Park year-round.

Back Ranch Meadows Campground, China Camp State Park by Harriot Manley
Camping

Relax under the stars at Back Ranch Meadows Campground, with 33 tent-only sites in a secluded oak woodland forest.

Volunteers haul flammable debris by Joyce Abrams
Latest news

Find out what’s happening at China Camp, including trail projects, nature news, and special activities.

Events

Learn about local plants and animals, discover Chinese and Native American history, or join a lively book club.

Beach at China Camp Village by Harriot Manley
Donate

Support our year-round efforts to keep China Camp’s trails, facilities, and programs open for all.

History

Discover China Camp's rich heritage

From indigenous peoples to Spanish settlers and Chinese fishermen, find out more about the park’s cultural history.

Friends of China Camp volunteers at Back Ranch Meadows Campground by Scott Griggs
Pitch in

Volunteer opportunities

Get a great work out. Develop a new skill. Make new friends. Find out how you can join one of our lively volunteer days to help maintain and enhance the park.

FOCC volunteer Gordy McDermott
Friends of China Camp

Safety first

Learn how volunteers, staff, and partners work together to reduce fire risks and keep China Camp State Park safe.

VIDEO

60 Seconds of China Camp

Take a minute—literally—to escape to our beautiful park by the bay. Watch our relaxing summertime video now.

Immature turkeys by Peter/Flickr Creative Commons
animals

Talking turkey

Our largest land birds may be goofy, but they’re kinda cool too. Check out these cool facts just in time for Turkey Day.

China Camp State Park

New map highlights California’s early Chinese history

Discover sites in Northern California, including China Camp, where Chinese settlers had a significant historical presence.

Upcoming Events

1
December 11
Winter Birding Hike

December is a great time to spot winter migrants, particularly waterfowl. One species of interest at...

2
January 1, 2022
New Year’s Day Sunrise Hike

Want to celebrate the new year in a profound way? Then come with us to ring...

3
December 18
Full Moon Hike

December “Cold Moon” Bring your coat and mittens and join us for a special trek to...

4
December 12
Winter Naturalist Hike

When you think of winter, you might imagine the snowy Sierra, when most animal and plant...

Become a Friend

Friends of China Camp (FOCC) is the community-based nonprofit organization that keeps China Camp State Park open. Since 2012, FOCC has been the sole operator and manager of the park. The organization, largely run by volunteers, is responsible for covering all expenses related to keeping the park open. Find out how you can become a member, and help keep China Camp open and thriving for all.

Things To Do

Camping
Map & brochure
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Celebrations
Camping
Map & brochure
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Celebrations

Get Connected

Learn how to support the park by becoming a member.

PHOTOs: Joyce Abrams, Harriot Manley, CA State Parks Historical Archives, Peter/Flickr Creative Commons