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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 Canyon.

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

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A great walk!

A very comfortable walk/hike. We had wonderful weather so the paths were in good shape and the little creeks/streams just added to the beauty of this area. Would highly... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
Scott C
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Chico, California
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Chico, California
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49 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

A very comfortable walk/hike. We had wonderful weather so the paths were in good shape and the little creeks/streams just added to the beauty of this area. Would highly recommend!

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Walnut Creek, California
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6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2016

This has been a favorite of our family for years. At any season, it is a lovely hike. Start at the Pyygmy Forest Trailhead 3-miles down Little River Rd. and hike down to the coast at Van Damme. It's alll downhill. Stunning. Peaceful.

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Thank Susanog2015
Alameda, California
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70 reviews
43 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2015

A lovely state park along the Little River. Starting at the beach, the park has some campsites leading to the main attraction - Fern Valley trail. This trail follows the Little River for 2.5 easy, level miles through lush woodlands. At the end, there is a choice to loop back or continue on steep section that winds up the mountainside... More 

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ontario
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34 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2015

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

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Brampton, Canada
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11 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2015

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 

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California
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374 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2015 via mobile

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.

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Chalfont St. Giles, United Kingdom
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166 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2015

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

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Winchester VA
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63 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2015

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!

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Alameda
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108 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 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.

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Fort Bragg, California
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38 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 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 

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