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Van Damme State Park

Hwy 1, Mendocino, CA 95430
707-937-5804
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Ranked #9 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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Tucson, Arizona
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60 reviews 60 reviews
17 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 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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13 attraction reviews
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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Sacramento, California
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
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
30 helpful votes 30 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
4 attraction reviews
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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Oregon Coast
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2014

The Pygmy Forest is accessible to everybody - no hiking required! We drove there on a paved road. The park website does not make this obvious. I guess they think everybody should be able to hike 7 miles :-( From Highway 1, turn east on Little River Airport Road. Go several miles and you'll see the airport on the right.... More

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Shaker Heights, Ohio, United States
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52 reviews 52 reviews
19 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2014

The trail through this park is as good as any in Muir Woods, but is much less crowded and "touristy". Tall redwoods, burbling brook, bridges; and, of course, a few pesky mosquitos. This park also rents sea kayaks, which would be fantastic fun when the weather is warm.

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San Francisco, California
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2014

Very nice campground, although a the sites seemed a bit damp. We stayed overnight in spot #23 and it had decent cover from the road close enough to bathrooms and showers, and the creek was very nice. We bought wood next to the visitor center but what they sold us was not dry enough to start a good fire. If... More

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San Jose, California
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2014

We love the hiking trail along the creek with lots of trees/ferns. It's a great place to listen to birds singing, water running, butterflies.

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