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Van Damme State Park

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Address: Hwy 1, Mendocino, CA 95430
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Picturesque spot known for its Pygmy Forest of small trees and Fern Canyon.

Picturesque spot known for its Pygmy Forest of small trees and Fern Canyon.

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Fern Canyon Trail is Amazing!

Breathe in all the oxygen and fresh air as you walk or bike up Fern Canyon trail, listen to the babbling of the stream, this is as picturesque as it gets in the redwood trees. As... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
DeirdreLamb
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Mendocino, California
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Mendocino, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Breathe in all the oxygen and fresh air as you walk or bike up Fern Canyon trail, listen to the babbling of the stream, this is as picturesque as it gets in the redwood trees. As a word to the wise, parts of the upper trail may be closed during the rainy season as it gets muddy. Fantastic place to... More 

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Montara, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We hiked for 4 hours through changing tree communities, followed straps and had an awesome workout. There was just enough up hill to make it fun.

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Thank ravnmontara
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Right off of Highway 1 in Van Damme State Park. It has picnic tables and fire pits. The Little River flows into the ocean here.

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Thank Yee H
Windsor, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Like walking through a forest of soothing and healing beauty, truly a special place to ease one's spirit, quietly contemplate and appreciate our beautiful planet.

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Daly City, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The fern forest was awesome Very quiet and empty when we hiked Great easygoing hike not to many incline areas

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 16, 2016

We went in late November and during the middle of the week, there was hardly anyone else on the Fern trail. It was blissful!! So quiet, lush, green and magical. With every step, you can take in a new world -- so many banana slugs, mushrooms of all kinds, and trees, ferns and other gorgeous growth. I'm not a botanist... More 

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San Francisco, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 12, 2016

I visited Mendocino in December 2016, on a rainy weekend. I'd read so much about the Fern trail that we decided to hike it in the rain. The stream next to the trail was just about overflowing its banks for the first mile. This is good in drought ridden California, but made for a mushy hike. Eventually the trail became... More 

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Brea, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 29, 2016

There is a walkway from the Inn at Little River down to the state park entrance. From there you can walk the fern trail to the pygmy forest. The views are incredible, the trail is easy to follow, and there is a stream for most of the way.

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 2, 2016

We were there after the rain and the parking lot was closed, but all trails were open and we walked about 5 miles. It is beautiful, well organized park with the hiking trails, lots of small bridges and picnic areas.

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 28, 2016

Marvelous hiking trails, on the beach, on the bluffs, in the trees. Good exercise and not strenuous. Great views in all directions, and not crowded.

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