"Chinese village lost in time" gets the spotlight on SFGate

Summer 2021

From its treasure-box beaches and weathered village, to its sweeping wetlands and sun-burnished hilltops, China Camp is definitely worth celebrating. So it’s fitting that one of SFGate’s editors, Andrew Chamings, focused on our park–and its history–in a recent article.

“When I heard that you could camp on the bay waters 20 miles north of San Francisco on the site of a historic 1880s Chinese shrimping cove, I didn’t expect the original village to still be standing,” begins Chamings in his richly detailed piece.

“But there it somehow sits, in a hidden beach under the low Marin hills, little sun-bleached huts on the sand and a rickety pier stretching out over the brackish marsh, almost ghostly through the mist, as if lost to time.”

Tempting readers to come and see a historic gem, Chamings also captures the many facets of China Camp. Discover and explore this diverse park for yourself, either as a first-time visitor, or as a seasoned local. China Camp sheds light on an oft-forgotten chapter of Bay Area history–a window, as Chamings says, on a period almost “lost in time.”

Photo Credit: harriot manley

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.