Fairfax – China Camp State Park
China Camp State Park near Fairfax, California is a 1,514-acre park that offers visitors panoramic views of San Pablo Bay and the coastal hillsides. The lush oak woodlands provide plenty of shade for hiking or mountain biking amidst over 100 acres of protected tidal salt marsh as well! Whether you’re looking to take in some history while exploring this historical landmark with family on weekends; enjoy unparalleled nature photography opportunities every weekend during summertime astronomy events at dusk when starry night skies are alive & visible through our lofty treetops—overhead light pollution never prevented us from seeing what was up there before.
The Coast Miwok people inhabited China Camp State Park for thousands of years. They had dozens of small villages scattered throughout Marin and southern Sonoma Counties, including several settlements near the park itself. The indigenous peoples were known mostly as sustenance hunters who poached deer or rabbits when they could get it; however, some caught fish in local rivers with nets made from animal skins tossed over wooden arms – just like their ancestors did before them.
The China Camp State Park was named after a Chinese fishing village that once thrived in its bayside setting. Visitors can view preserved fisherman’s cottages and even visit the museum to learn more about San Francisco Bay’s unique environments, including one of California’s largest intact salt marshes.
When China Camp State Park was slated for closure in 2011 by the state of California, Marin County residents fought back. They expressed concern that if these parks were closed down and left abandoned, they would decay into disrepair, including historic Chinese villages such as Frank Quan’s – 85 years old at the time – last remaining resident from 26 coastal fishing villages with original structures still intact to preserve them before it became too late or else completely destroyed forever.
When the state parks department in Sacramento closed down China Camp due to budget cuts, local residents and community groups came together to protest. After an investigation by The Bee revealed that they had more money than they let on with- $54 million! This led them to have their director resign as well as firing one of her assistants; thankfully, under a new agreement, it will still be open for business but now funded jointly between both organizations: Marin State Park Association (responsible) & California Department Of Parks And Recreation.
The 2013 agreement between the state and nonprofit organization Friends of China Camp has been a success, with both parties coming out ahead. The revised deal returned the operation of Olompali and Tomales Bay parks from California’s jurisdiction while also allowing for continued use at China Camp State Park by this group that does not receive funding through government channels (and can instead raise money on its own).
The China Camp park offers a variety of outdoor activities, including overnight camping and picnic facilities for your enjoyment. Hiking trails will lead you through the forest with amazing views to find animal tracks or just take in all that nature has offered! You can also go boating on some peaceful lakes if you are feeling really adventurous; what’s more relaxing than floating along at sunset while listening to music played by talented locals?
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