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Van Damme State Park

Hwy 1, Mendocino, CA 95430
707-937-5804
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Ranked #7 of 13 Attractions in Mendocino
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Beaches, State Parks, Outdoors
Activities: Fishing, Hiking
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Owner description: Picturesque spot known for its Pygmy Forest of small trees and Fern Canyon.

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Escondido CA
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52 reviews 52 reviews
21 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
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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San Diego
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73 reviews 73 reviews
21 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014

... and we barely did. On the next visit, we'll hike to the Pygmy Forest (or walk back, and drive to the forest). Round trip to the Pygmy Forest from the parking lot is 12 miles. The next day, we'd kayak. But on this visit, we "had to" limit our hike to 2 hours. We woke up in Mendocino, spent... More

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San Anselmo, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

The park was not crowded, so we really enjoyed the peace and quiet. Weather was a balmy 76 degrees so our hike to the south end of the park was most enjoyable. We hiked from Van Damm entrance to Pygmy Forest and back which was just a little over 10 miles, with creeks and fern forests in a perfect setting.... More

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Sacramento, CA
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38 reviews 38 reviews
9 attraction reviews
76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

We drove through this park. The campsites here are much nicer than at Russian Gulch State Park, and it too has a Fern Trail. Outside of the park and across the road is beach access where you can snorkel, dive and rent kayaks.

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obr2000
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48 reviews 48 reviews
6 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

Have been there on weekday and therefore had the trail almost to ourself. If you approach the little river (creek)carefully you can spot some small trouts

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Mill Valley, California
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169 reviews 169 reviews
29 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

We enjoyed a long, easy walk beside a babbling brook, with trees towering up the canyon hillsides, and the sun dappling the fern leaves.

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Alamo, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

We didn't get a chance to go camping her, but would give it serious consideration. We loved the gentle hike through the redwoods along the creek. We really enjoyed the ferns covering the hillsides. The State Park is in a close to natural state; it is just beautiful. We had a few days with lots of people and truly enjoyed... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

This is a nice place to camp - close to lots of attractions but still gives you a pleasant "back to nature" experience. Campsites 1 - 11 are spaced too close together but several on the upper loop offers lots of shade and privacy. The bathrooms are clean and the park staff seems to keep a close eye on things.... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

We enjoyed this hike very much; easy and beautiful! Redwoods, lots of ferns all along a stream making it very pretty.

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