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Van Damme State Park

Hwy 1, Mendocino, CA 95430
707-937-5804
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Ranked #7 of 13 Attractions in Mendocino
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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Mill Valley, California
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162 reviews 162 reviews
29 attraction reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

We enjoyed a long, easy walk beside a babbling brook, with trees towering up the canyon hillsides, and the sun dappling the fern leaves.

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Alamo, California
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57 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

We didn't get a chance to go camping her, but would give it serious consideration. We loved the gentle hike through the redwoods along the creek. We really enjoyed the ferns covering the hillsides. The State Park is in a close to natural state; it is just beautiful. We had a few days with lots of people and truly enjoyed... More

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7 reviews 7 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

This is a nice place to camp - close to lots of attractions but still gives you a pleasant "back to nature" experience. Campsites 1 - 11 are spaced too close together but several on the upper loop offers lots of shade and privacy. The bathrooms are clean and the park staff seems to keep a close eye on things.... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

We enjoyed this hike very much; easy and beautiful! Redwoods, lots of ferns all along a stream making it very pretty.

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Tucson, Arizona
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17 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

Located in an out of the way area in the Van Damme State Park is the pygmy forest. The forest consists of a tract of forest that has been stunted due to its location, 80 year old trees being less than six feet! The explanation and sight of these trees is fascinating. As the land rose from the sea terraces... More

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Haiku, Hawaii
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

This was a great place to camp as it was the half way point for our trip from north to south. So great to have the ocean/beach within in walking distance and to camp in the "woods". The town of Mendocino is only a mile away and a good place to get camp supplies if you don't already have them... More

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Sacramento, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

Really enjoyed Van Damme SP. The 5 campsites we (5 families) reserved were all great. We were in the #50's sites with the restrooms (no showers here) close by. The newer/nicer restrooms with showers were farther down the road. The park was quiet, we weren't bothered by rangers and the staff were great. Enjoyed the square dancing that was held... More

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Sacramento, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

Loved the main trail. Only went about two miles in & was amazed by how green it was. Loved that you're walking right next to the water the whole time. 8$ gets you a day pass for all the parks nearby. This would've been fun with our toddler too. The stroller would've been fine for over a mile.

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Tracy, California
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24 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

Many different hikes you can do here. If you stay at one of the inns in Little River, you can access the trails from your door! Very scenic trails with towering redwoods and beautiful lush, green ferns. You can walk deeper into the woods or along the ocean, the choice is yours. You can also choose from many hike lengths... More

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Gambrills, Maryland
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26 reviews 26 reviews
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

Another fern valley experience and redwoods that astounded us! Lots of campers and camper-friendly sites. Very clean and well marked. VERY clean restrooms, thank you!

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