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“Easy walk in a redwood/fern forest” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Van Damme State Park

Van Damme State Park
Hwy 1, Mendocino, CA 95430
707-937-5804
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Ranked #7 of 13 Attractions in Mendocino
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.
Atlanta, Georgia
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26 reviews 26 reviews
12 attraction reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
“Easy walk in a redwood/fern forest”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2013

Great for a leisurely walk, almost zero incline for the first two miles (that's as far as we went). Path is wide and well-maintained. We went on a Saturday about 11AM and only passed 10-12 other hikers, so you'll have a chance to enjoy the scenery to yourself.

Visited April 2013
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Walnut Creek, California, United States
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“Wait till They Fix It”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2013

We hiked in and immediately, the Fern Canyon Trail deadened. Something is needing to be fixed, but they don't tell you that. So if you want to hike this area, start at another point, such as near the airport. For water sports, the large lot and easy access makes kayaking and diving much easier, but across the highway, where the hiking supposedly begins, well, for now, skip it. I didn't see anything indicating that the trail was closed, which is a drag. Tell people - they'll come back when it's fixed.

Visited April 2013
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Taylorsville, California, United States
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“Loved the beach at Van Damme State Park”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2013

Great place to find shells and look at the tide pools. Great place to have lunch. We went to the beach across from the park entrance.

Visited March 2013
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Fort Collins, Colorado
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“Pygmy Forest - free admission”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2013

You do not need to pay admission to see this. While it is technically "in" park bounds, the best way to access it is off public road. Check a map first. (We paid because we went to the main entrance, THEN looked at the map. Just call it our contribution to the California state park system). Anyhow, it's a 20 minute self-guided tour w/a walkway & lots of signs explaining why the vegetation is stunted but two miles away is full-size. Worth it.

Visited March 2013
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Oakland, California
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“Don't miss Van Damme State Park”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2013

Please support state parks. In 2010 there was a specific fund that poured into the improvement of some state parks including this one. It is a stunning trail and very easy to follow with lots of picnic areas on the way and great exploratory route into the pigmy trees area. We were here many years ago and this time the whole trail was much improved.

Visited February 2013
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