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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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San Anselmo, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

The park was not crowded, so we really enjoyed the peace and quiet. Weather was a balmy 76 degrees so our hike to the south end of the park was most enjoyable. We hiked from Van Damm entrance to Pygmy Forest and back which was just a little over 10 miles, with creeks and fern forests in a perfect setting.... More

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Sacramento, CA
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38 reviews 38 reviews
9 attraction reviews
76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

We drove through this park. The campsites here are much nicer than at Russian Gulch State Park, and it too has a Fern Trail. Outside of the park and across the road is beach access where you can snorkel, dive and rent kayaks.

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obr2000
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46 reviews 46 reviews
6 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

Have been there on weekday and therefore had the trail almost to ourself. If you approach the little river (creek)carefully you can spot some small trouts

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Mill Valley, California
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164 reviews 164 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
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
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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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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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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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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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