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.

Events

Check out our selection of monthly events. Learn about local plants and animals, and discover our park’s fascinating history.

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.

Donate

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

Video

A Brief History of China Camp State Park

Watch this short video about China Camp’s fascinating cultural history and the legacy of stewardship that continues to preserve the park to this day.

Celebration

10th Anniversary Celebration

On October 6, 2022, Friends of China Camp celebrated ten years as the operator of China Camp State Park. Congressman Jared Huffman, California State Parks Director Armando Quintero, and Historian & Archivist Carol Acquaviva addressed the 120-strong audience under the evening’s theme of “Our China Camp: 10 Years Together.” Enjoy the event photos and special video here.

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.

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.

wildlife

Living safely with coyotes

Too many human handouts at China Camp and other parks spell big trouble for coyotes. Experts tell us why, plus ways to help.

climate change

Sea-level rise and N. San Pedro Road

With climate change a big risk throughout the region, researchers are studying what to do about the park’s flood-prone road.

Accolades

Best of Marin Awards 2022

With awards and five-star reviews pouring in, we feel ultra-lucky and honored to keep our visitors happy and coming back.

Young tom turkey by Matt Wastler/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.

Upcoming Events

December 7
Full Moon Hike

We are excited to witness the rise of our last full moon of 2022. This full...

December 17
December Birding Hike

As fall transitions into winter, we will venture out into the Miwok Meadows forest, where we...

January 1, 2023
New Years Day Sunrise Hike

At China Camp, we are big fans of the indescribable beauty of sunrises over the San...

January 29, 2023
Naturalist Book Club

Join us for the first virtual book club gathering of 2023 as we discuss Richard O....

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
Explore
Celebrations
Camping
Map & brochure
Explore
Celebrations

Get Connected

Learn how to support the park by becoming a member.

PHOTOs: Joyce Abrams, Harriot Manley, CA State Parks Historical Archives, Courtesy of NERR

NOTICE: Some sites at the Back Ranch Meadows Campground will be closed Sunday through Thursday from November 14, 2022 until May 13, 2023 due to construction. The group site will remain open during the week. Go to reservecalifornia.com for available reservations.

ADVISORY: December 3, 2023, 8am-2pm. Footrace beginning at Miwok Meadows. Expect increased foot traffic on Shoreline Trail, Oak Ridge Trail, and Bayview trail. Plan your trip to the park accordingly. See calendar for details.