Saturday, June 20, 2015

China Camp State Park - Trailhead

From the park website...

The park is nestled along the shore of the San Pablo Bay. The road through the park offers beautiful views of the waterfront. Features include an extensive intertidal salt marsh, meadow, and oak habitats. There is a variety of wildlife, including deer, squirrels, coyote, fox, bats, and numerous birds. The California clapper rail and the salt marsh harvest mouse are endangered species that live in the marsh areas of the park.

A Chinese shrimp-fishing village thrived on this site in the 1880s. Nearly 500 people, originally from Canton, China, lived in the village. In its heyday, there were three general stores, a marine supply store and a barber shop.

Fishermen by trade in their native country, they gravitated to the work they knew best. Over 90% of the shrimp they netted were dried and shipped to China or Chinese communities throughout the US. The museum at China Camp Village helps tell the story of these hardy shrimp fishermen.

There's a $3.00 fee to use the trail even if you did not park your car inside.

Trail: Trailhead - Shoreline Trail - Peacock Gap Trai - Oak Ridge Trail - Bay View Trail - Back Ranch Fire Trail - Trailhead

Distance: ~7.4 miles

Big thanks to California Department of Parks and Recreation

Support our parks!

~~ CK

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