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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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Don't miss out on taking the Fern Canyon loop! Absolutely beautiful flora and fauna. The whole loop is about 3 1/2 miles of up and down hiking, at points a little strenuous, but... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 26, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW via mobile

Don't miss out on taking the Fern Canyon loop! Absolutely beautiful flora and fauna. The whole loop is about 3 1/2 miles of up and down hiking, at points a little strenuous, but man is it worth it! Get some exercise in while taking in the beautiful scenery.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

We were looking for the Pygmy Forest which is in this park but on the opposite end from the main entrance; we didn't know that. So we paid our parking fee and started hiking toward the Pygmy. We followed the Fern Gulch Trail, a wide, smooth, minimal elevation change hike, through magnificent redwoods, pines and, of course lots of ferns.... More 

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Castro Valley, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

We hiked at this park on our first day. It was a beautiful hike through the redwood forest. The trail was full of ferns. There was a mountain lion sighting though, so signs were posted warning what to do when encountering a mountain lion. No dogs are allowed on the trail. It looks like a beautiful place to camp as... More 

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Canberra, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

Great walk to the Pygmy Forest and beyond. Well worth a visit and so is the Fern Gulch walk. The interpretative signage is spot on. Some of the best I've seen in terms of science communication.

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Santa Cruz, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

friendly staff with good information. Well maintained trails and bathrooms. We only had time for one trail, the Fern Canyon!! Loved the serenity and beauty!!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

The Fern Canyon trail was gorgeous and not strenuous. We hiked the loop to the Pygmy Forest and went about 8.5 miles. Can't beat this hike for lush vegetation and beaufiful creek.

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Sacramento, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

My husband and I went to this park late in the day mainly to do the Fern Canyon hike. It's an easy and scenic hike through redwoods, ferns and over small bridges. Since we went late in the day, there was hardly anyone on the trail. Very peaceful and serene.

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Highlands Ranch, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

We really enjoy the Fern Canyon trail. It's a beautiful progression along a quaint creek from fern covered woods, to redwoods, to a Pygmy forest. We like to go in the morning when it's foggy and damp.....best time to see the banana slugs!!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015

We took a very long and awe inspiring walk through the woods. Even though there were others on the trail, you felt as if you were alone in the majesty of the woods.

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Phoenix, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

Just Beautiful! Ferns, redwoods, and a walk by the river. It doesn't get much better than this! A flat, 3.5 mile (one way) trail. Hike a little, hike a lot, it's up to you! Will definitely be back!

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