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Van Damme State Park

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Address: Hwy 1, Mendocino, CA 95430
Phone Number: 707-937-5804
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Picturesque spot known for its Pygmy Forest of small trees and Fern...

Picturesque spot known for its Pygmy Forest of small trees and Fern Canyon.

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A lovely walk

The trails are very well kept as you walk through the beautiful forest. Don't miss the Pygmy Forest!

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
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English first
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33 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The trails are very well kept as you walk through the beautiful forest. Don't miss the Pygmy Forest!

Thank happytravellerOn
Brampton, Canada
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11 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We spent a pleasant three hours, visiting : pygmy forest, which has a boardwalk trail, with plentiful descriptions of the type of trees you were seeing, and explaining why this forest grew to be only this size (pygmy) We then walked through a part of fern forest, on a very easy walking trail, seeing so many redwood trees, and redwood... More 

Thank bill8111
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344 reviews
144 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

What do out do first? Go to the Pygmy forest, walk fern canyon, or cross the road to the old Spring Ranch which is along the ocean bluffs. While we don't camp here, you can. You can spend the entire day hiking and enjoying nature.

Thank legsbell
Chalfont St. Giles, United Kingdom
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158 reviews
26 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great walks on outskirts of Mendocino, especially interesting is the pygmy forest. Helpful rangers, and good variety of walks

Thank Peter H
Winchester VA
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62 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Beautiful safe place for that morning run! Was a bit concerned about the wild cat warning signs but later found out that a cat attack had not happened in about 75 years!

Thank deb9254
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100 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2015

The area is blessed with state parks. We entered Van Damme from the Pigmy Forest end and hiked down hill for an hour before the bracing hike back up to the parking area.

1 Thank lancereyno
Fort Bragg, California
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37 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015

Just a short 4 mile drive south of Mendocino on Highway 1 is one of the best parks on the coast-Van Damme. On your right as you come down the hill is the beach. Parking here is free with outdoor cold shower and facilities. The bay here is excellent for kayaking. When I kayak here I pick a calm day... More 

3 Thank Daniel K
Los Angeles
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47 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2015

This is a review of the fern canyon trail and pygmy forest. We were greeted by a friendly ranger at the entrance who provided us with some useful information. There was an $8 day use fee to get into the park. Trailhead is at the end of the paved road. It seems like there is only one trail in this... More 

2 Thank wahinekawi
Lodi, United States
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20 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2015

Great place to camp, close to the beach but nestled beneath huge trees along Little River (more like a creek than a river). Areas for large RV's, a separate area from bikers and hikers to camp, and a large area for tent camping. At the end of the paved road is the trailhead for the Fern Canyon Trail. I walked... More 

1 Thank Larry U
Little River, California
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18 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2015

I love hiking from the pigmy forest on airport road, through fern canyon down to Van Damme State Park and the beach. Beautiful hike and mostly down hill. Great little hike.

1 Thank amaluna

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