Update 2020: New restrictions are in effect due to the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic. See below for details.

Campground Physical Address

730 N. San Pedro Road
San Rafael CA 94901

The Ranger Station and Visitor Center

101 Peacock Gap Trail

San Rafael, CA 94901

Located across North San Pedro Road from the Bullhead Flat picnic area. It is open when volunteers are available to staff the desk.  A display board outside the entrance provides information about the park that can be viewed even when the building is not open. There is usually a stock of maps available outside as well.  Restrooms are located across the road at Bullhead Flat.

China Camp Village

100 China Camp Village Rd

San Rafael CA 94901

Historic China Camp Village and Museum are located on North San Pedro Road half a mile east of the Ranger Station area.  There is a parking area, restrooms, picnic tables, and beach area.  The historic village and pier await your exploration.  The museum is currently closed until further notice. The 1950’s-era cafe is open on weekends.  The 1955 movie Blood Alley, starring John Wayne and Lauren Bacall, was filmed at China Camp Village.  The 2012 HBO movie Hemingway and Gellhorn was also shot at the village, as were episodes of the 2017 second season of the Netflix series 13 Reasons Why.

Camping at Back Ranch Meadows Campground

UPDATE 2020: DUE TO THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC, WE ARE NO LONGER OFFERING HIKE & BIKE CAMPSITES, OR ENROUTE CAMPING. Campsites can be reserved as soon as 48 hours in advance through Reserve California. Go to ReserveCalifornia.com or call (800) 444-7275 for more information.  Any site that has not been reserved becomes a first-come first-served walk-up site. 

THERE ARE NEW CAMPGROUND SAFETY REGULATIONS IN EFFECT. CLICK HERE FOR THE NEW RESTRICTIONS. Please wear a mask and observe proper social distancing practices when visiting the park.

For more information, call 415-456-0766 or email us at friendsofchinacamp@gmail.com


China Camp State Park’s only campground, the Back Ranch Meadows Campground, is available for tent camping. It is located near the entrance to the park, just off of North San Pedro Road, about three miles from China Camp Village. It is close to a number of hiking trails, including the Shoreline Trail and the Turtle Back Hill Nature Trail.

Back Ranch Meadows Campground has 33 clean and spacious campsites, situated among groves of oaks, bay laurels, and madrones. Firewood is available from 4-6pm daily. There are restrooms and water faucets. All sites are walk-in, so tents and equipment must be carried from the parking lot, approximately 50-300 yards. Wheeled carts are available to assist in transporting your items. Each campsite has a fire ring, a picnic table, and a food locker to discourage the many raccoons.  However, mice are able to get inside some of the lockers, so be prepared with food storage containers such as bear canisters, tightly sealed tupperware or metal containers to deter them.

The Glade sites, 1 through 15, are located along the low path. The Hill sites, 16 through 30, are accessible by walking the uphill path. (Extra vehicles for the Hill sites are encouraged to park in the overflow/en-route parking area which is closest to those sites.) Two campsites are accessible to the disabled, as are campground restrooms. Please be prepared to show your disability card or placard, in order to occupy these sites.


Check in time is after 2:00 PM and check out time is 12:00 noon. The gates by the entrance kiosk, a third of a mile from the front of the campground, close at 9PM and open at 8AM. During the high season of April through October, there is a seven-day limit on camping at Back Ranch Meadows. The rest of the year, the limit is 15 days. Reservations are accepted throughout the year and can be made for specific sites.


Campers ages 14-17

All campers under age 14 must be with a parent or guardian.  Campers age 14-17 may camp without parent or guardian present, but only if arrangements have been made in advance with the rangers. The rangers need these forms from the parents at least a week in advance of the camping date(s) for Back Ranch Meadows at China Camp State Park. You can scan and email the form to friendsofchinacamp@gmail.com or mail the forms to the following address:

Friends of China Camp ATTN: Campground Manager

101 Peacock Gap Trail

San Rafael, CA  94901

We advise bringing a copy to campground as well on the day camping begins.

Group Campsite

Reservations for the group campsite have been suspended until further notice due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Check back for updates.


Campground Programs

All ranger-led campfire programs have been suspended until further notice.

Picnic Areas / Day Use

China Camp State Park has a number of scenic picnic sites, with locations in open meadows, grassy lawns, or along the shores of San Pablo Bay. It is a great place to bring the family for a day outing or a special barbecue. During the week, most picnic areas are lightly used, and even on weekends, there are usually ample facilities for anyone who wants to enjoy a nice picnic in a quiet and serene place.


UPDATE 2020: As of March 2020, group picnic areas are no longer available for reservation until further notice. This includes weddings and other special events. This includes Miwok Meadows, Buckeye, Weber, China Camp Point, and China Camp Village. All day use picnic areas are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Groups are limited to households in size. Please wear a mask and stay at least 6ft away from other visitors and staff when visiting the park . 

Each of these sites has picnic tables, barbecue grills (not permitted at China Camp Village), trash and recycling containers, drinking water, and restrooms..

If you have any other questions, please contact friendsofchinacamp@gmail.com