Highlights & Tips

Fun things to do and great places to go in the park.

Plan the perfect trip

Here are some tips and highlights to help you plan your visit to the park. On this page you’ll find information about park regulations, picnic areas, camping, the park map, and must-see features.

Know before you go
Rules and Regulations

There are plenty of ways to have fun in the park, but it is important to know the rules and regulations before you arrive. Where can I take my dog? Is fishing allowed? Can I bike on the trails? What are the current COVID-19 regulations? Follow the link for more information.

Picnickers at China Camp Point by Harriot Manley
Day Use
Scenic Picnic Areas

Pack your picnic basket and bring the family for a relaxing day along the bay. China Camp’s picnic areas include China Camp Village, China Camp Point, Miwok Meadows, Buckeye Point, and Weber Point picnic areas. Barbecues are allowed at all designated picnic areas except for China Camp Village. Follow the link to find out more about our day-use areas.

Camping at Back Ranch Meadows Campground by Harriot Manley
Sleep under the stars

Get out your sleeping bag and s’mores and plan your next overnight trip in the great outdoors. Our tranquil Back Ranch Meadows Campground resides within an oak woodland forest just 30 minutes north of the Golden Gate Bridge. Follow the link to find out more about the campground’s amenities and how to make reservations.

View of China Camp Village and Beach by Martin Lowenstein
Explore The Historical Coastline

China Camp Village

Visit our historic shrimping village and beach area on the edge of San Pablo Bay. The Village is the perfect place to bring friends and family for a fun day trip. Visit our museum to learn more about the fascinating history, and stop by our historic cafe on weekends for snacks and cold drinks. The site features first-come, first-served picnic areas with picnic tables, water spigots, bathrooms, and an outdoor shower. Want to reserve this space? Go to our contact us page for inquiries.

Sign at beginning of Turtle Back Nature Trail by Harriot Manley
Hit the Trail

Turtle Back Trail

Turtle Back Trail is considered the “heart” of China Camp State Park. The trail affords visitors an up-close experience with our tidal marsh and oak woodland forest. This ADA accessible, family-friendly trail is an easy 3/4-mile loop that is perfect for strollers and wheelchairs. The scenic trail includes fun educational panels which offer tactile features for the visually impaired. Click here for the downloadable audio tour of this trail.

Photos: Sheila Coll, Martin Lowenstein, Harriot Manley, SUP image tk


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.