Description

What’s that good looking little parcel of land on the shores of San Pablo Bay? That’s Back Ranch Meadows Campground! As you’ll soon see, this diverse campground is sprinkled among a sunny patch of land (it’s more like a hill). There are 30 campsites situated among groves of oaks, bay laurels, and madrones, which also provide a bit of shade. If you’d like a little more Continue reading...
What’s that good looking little parcel of land on the shores of San Pablo Bay? That’s Back Ranch Meadows Campground! As you’ll soon see, this diverse campground is sprinkled among a sunny patch of land (it’s more like a hill). There are 30 campsites situated among groves of oaks, bay laurels, and madrones, which also provide a bit of shade. If you’d like a little more seclusion, make sure to check out sites 9-15). One thing to keep in mind is that all the sites here are walk-in. However, it’s a VERY short walk (grandma can definitely make it). It’s about 5 minutes total to get from your car to the campsite and you must carry your supplies. The campsite has restrooms, showers, picnic tables, and fire rings. It’s also close to a plethora of mighty fine trails. This place is so close to the city...get out there..you’ll dig it!
Campsite area
Bring your own tents
No. of sites
32
Access
Park at listing
Group sizes
Up to 8 people per site
Fires allowed
Toilet available
Picnic table available
Beach
Forest
Cave
Desert
Hot spring
Lake
Redwoods
River, stream or creek
Swimming hole
Waterfall
Biking
Boating
Fishing
Hiking
Horseback riding
Paddling
Swimming
Wildlife watching
Wind sports
OHV
Climbing
Snow sports
Surfing
Whitewater paddling
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Hipcamper Clinton
Clinton
didn't provide a recommendation.
February 16th, 2015

Just camped at site 28 for the weekend. Love this campground! Super organized and facilities were taken care of. I would recommend the sites closer to the parking lot for a great view of the bay (site #26, 27, 28). For a more secluded spot, #30 is farther away from the crowds. Overall, love the campground and we will be back again!

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Hipcamper Cydney
Cydney
didn't provide a recommendation.
June 28th, 2016

Made a reservation for 005 - it was incredibly hot as there are not many trees, we did go early in the day, around 3pm the heat was unbearable. We noticed some campsites were still open so we had asked if we could move our camping gear to a site that was more shaded, the ranger was more than happy to let us switch sites. The campsite has lots of lovely critters, wild turkeys, squirrels, little salamanders. At night the raccoons will come out. There are plenty of wasp traps so there are not a lot of bees around the campsites, however, there are lots of fruit flies and very few mosquitoes. I had taken my camera with me and added more photos of the campsites. Will definitely be going again.

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Hipcamper Allie
Allie
didn't provide a recommendation.
May 17th, 2015

Camped there for Thanksgiving weekend! We had a rough time with wildlife at night. China Camp is beautiful and it was great to see quails running around everywhere!

Hipcamper Elizabeth
Elizabeth
didn't provide a recommendation.
July 9th, 2017

So...my husband and I camped at site #15 this week. The pluses are water, functional trash, coin showers and bathrooms which were clean and well maintained, and the sort of gorgeousness only a oak woodland can deliver. (Arborists, please note: the site is dominated by Bay Laurel, which makes the place smell heavenly.)
HOWEVER, and this is a biggie, the food lockers, which are very old wooden boxes, do not keep any animal out. Mice were able to gain access to our food. They despoiled about a third of it, which- seeing as we backpacked in-was a big problem. The food boxes are so derelict, that soon the raccoons will be able to rip their way inside.
Bottom line: You must bring vermin-proof food storage with you.

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Hipcamper Hedy
Hedy
recommends this listing.
July 12th, 2017

You will have to park in a parking lot and carry everything to your campsite, so I recommend bringing a wagon if you have one. There are trashcans on wheels but they are in high demand during check-in/check out.

Hipcamper Dan
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August 28th, 2018
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August 21st, 2018
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July 5th, 2018
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June 18th, 2018
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May 10th, 2018
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January 23rd, 2018
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September 11th, 2017
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September 11th, 2017
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August 14th, 2017
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August 9th, 2017
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June 25th, 2017
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May 23rd, 2017
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December 14th, 2016
Park
China Camp State Park
State
California
Phone Number
(415) 456-0766
Directions
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Official Website
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Coordinates
38.007° N, 122.494° W
Unknown price
Tent Only: 29 Sites
(Up to 8 people per site)