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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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Activities: Fishing, Hiking
Description: Picturesque spot known for its Pygmy Forest of small trees and Fern Canyon.

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Lovely walk

The ranger gave us directions for a nice flat walk through the redwoods along a creek. We had limited time so walked 30 minutes in and then back. Very peaceful and quiet mid-week.

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 28, 2015
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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

The ranger gave us directions for a nice flat walk through the redwoods along a creek. We had limited time so walked 30 minutes in and then back. Very peaceful and quiet mid-week.

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California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

This is a great location to take a hike. it feels like a magical forest with ferns and trickling streams.

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Fremont, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

We hiked about 5 miles more or less. Their were beautiful flowers and ferns everywhere. You walk along the river and cross over 8 different bridges. The area is very nicely maintained. It was my first hike sense I had my knee replacement 3 months ago. Looking foreword too returning.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

This is a gem of the state parks system located very close to Mendocino village. You can hike up to 11 miles, including a partial loop, if you hike through the entire park end to end. I highly recommend the trail through Fern Canyon, where you will find lush vegetation, redwoods, and meditative streams. The rhododendrons were in bloom in... More 

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Santa Rosa, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

I recommend the hike through the redwoods in Fern Canyon. The creek runs alongside the trail which crosses it many times. The park also has an attractive beach.

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Miami, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

Hike to the top. The petrified forest is a must see. This is our second time and worth every step of the climb.

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encinitas, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

We hiked 6 miles from the top of the park to the ocean. We travelled through forests laid down in terraces millions of years ago! The Pygmy Forest was well signed with information about the geologic history, flora and fauna. As we progressed down to the sea we passed through glorious redwoods and ferns and creeks and hundreds of mushrooms!

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Oakland, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014

Went on Fern Canyon trail--went 5 miles round trip, level, lovely, stream nearby. The canyon was charming. You could see lots of interesting mushrooms and rings of redwood trees that have grown around the stumps of older trees that were logged.

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Escondido CA
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

The on line reviews and list of amenities made this campground a toss up with MacKerricher for our one night stop, but we chose this because it said it had a laundry. Maybe next time we'll try MacKerricher. All things considered, we had just finished a tiring drive down Hwy 1 from Leggett and we arrived after dark. Add to... More 

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Homer, Alaska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

The hiking is easy and gorgeous and in addition to the drive-in campsites, there are some beautiful walk-in sites about 1 1/2 miles down the trail. It's a nice way to see some beautiful coastal forest.

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