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Van Damme State Park

Hwy 1, Mendocino, CA 95430
707-937-5804
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Ranked #8 of 13 attractions in Mendocino
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: State Parks, Beaches
Activities: Fishing, Hiking
Traveler Description: Van Damme State Park Van Damme State Park is four miles south of Mendocino on the northern California Coast. Half of the campsites sits along Little... more »
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Brooklyn, New York
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17 reviews 17 reviews
7 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2014

This State Beach is located just after the curvy Navarro Redwoods. A perfect spot to stretch and unwind before heading up the coast. A great newer addition to the California State Parks.

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SF Bay Area
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2014

We have stayed at this campground in both June & August and we love it! It's located right across from the beach yet in a forest setting with great hikes. The Little River Store is just up the hill for basic needs and the main town of Mendocino is just a few miles away with restaurants, shopping, a pharmacy and... More

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Seattle, Washington
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33 reviews 33 reviews
8 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2013

We didn't visit the whole park, just the Pygmy Forest, one of 2 or 3 such forests along the coat. WE drove up Little RIver Airport Road to get to it, rather than hiking all the way in from the main park entry. We took the short walk along the boardwalk, which was an easy way to see the pygmy... More

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Berkeley, California
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34 reviews 34 reviews
17 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2013

The Van Damme State Park is the place to see the huge contrast between the pygmy forest and the huge redwoods. I strongly recommend the Fern Canyon trail. From the parking lot you first explore the pygmy forest with its really tiny trees and bushes. The you hike into the canyon and encounter the contrast. Admittedly, the redwoods are all... More

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Marin County, CA
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52 reviews 52 reviews
16 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2013

The fern trail and pigmy forest are breathtaking. The hikes were through one of the most beautiful forests. Excellently maintained. Serene, beautiful, wonderfully restorative.

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California
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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2013

Van Damme State Park is an every-year destination for my family, because it offers cool summer camping in pine trees by the ocean. You really don't have to be a hard-core diver to appreciate the natural beauty of the area, but if you go in August, like we always do, expect fog or clouds or both. But the abalone diving... More

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Belmont, California
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23 reviews 23 reviews
3 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2013

From the beautiful views of the ocean to the pygmy forest and peacefulness, we absolutely loved visiting this state park. Fairly easy hiking with hardly any hikers. This is a beautiful trail with filtered light passing through the trees, green ferns and other plants...breathtakingly beautiful, peaceful and other-worldly. You cross arched bridges over trickling water. The forest embraces you and... More

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San Jose, California
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61 reviews 61 reviews
19 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2013

We went here on our way back from Mendocino downtown to Albion where we were staying. This is a dog friendly beach and we spent some time here with the dog. It was a day when the sun was not severe so we enjoyed the stay more. There were hardly 5 families having a great time at this place. Overall... More

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California
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44 reviews 44 reviews
9 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2013

Lots to do there. Nice bike and hiking trails to the waterfall, pigmy forrest in a beautiful fern filled natural enviroment. There is a large calm ocean cove for kayaking , diving or fishing. Sea caves are close by. Camp sites are clean, have a firepit and table. Bathrooms have flush toliets.

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Granite Bay, California
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2013

Rode our bikes through the fern canyon all the way up to the pygmy forest, not far, but steep. The canyon was magnificent with the tall redwoods, lush ferns and babbling brook. The pygmy trees were amazingly tiny due to the acidic soil. Worth the effort to get up there.

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