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Enjoying the state park beach

We decided to explore the beach part of the Van Damme State Park. It is a nice beach with a small... read more

Reviewed October 19, 2018
Robby G C
Toronto, Canada
expensive but close proximity to everything

The ocean is across the highway. The redwood forest is beautiful. The site is expensive at $40 per... read more

Reviewed October 14, 2018
Vancouver, Canada
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Picturesque spot known for its Pygmy Forest of small trees and Fern Canyon.
Hwy 1, Mendocino, CA 95430
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Reviewed October 19, 2018

We decided to explore the beach part of the Van Damme State Park. It is a nice beach with a small river and lots of trees behind. There are a lot of rocks in the ocean as well. It makes it even more attractive! There...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed October 14, 2018

The ocean is across the highway. The redwood forest is beautiful. The site is expensive at $40 per night, plus an extra $10 for sani-dump. So it isn't cheap. But it is beautiful. I imagine in the summer it would be a hopping place.

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed October 1, 2018

You want a camping spot that has it all? Redwood forest, fern lined streams, a magnificent beach and (wait for it) four-star restaurants within shouting distance. Van Damme offers families and couples a unique experience on the Northern California coast. Only drawback, if you happen...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed September 29, 2018

I have never camped in a forest with the beach so close by! We couldn't figure out where the low-hum was coming from until we went for a drive into town and saw the huge rocks jutting out of the ocean and realized we were...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank SoCalGal2018
Reviewed September 19, 2018 via mobile

You can enjoy the beach or take a 5m walk through the ferns and redwoods. It is simply wonderful! Make sure to stop! They also have a nice pigmy forest section next to the Little River airport

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank WombatBen
Reviewed September 12, 2018

We camped at the group site which was nice and flat good mix of sun and shade. Two food storage cabinets, plenty of tables and a grill (literally and I know what literally means) to cook an entire cow on. Bathrooms and showers are down...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Jeffreyaday
Reviewed August 24, 2018

I love Vann Damme. Such a clean, peaceful park. Close to the beach, nice areas to hike, Fern Canyon so beautiful. Can't wait to return.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Jamie V
Reviewed August 3, 2018

We've stayed here numerous times. Sites are Hard to get - you literally need to book 6 months in advance. Recommend the Upper Loop. Great hiking nearby and world class kayaking at your doorstep.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Greg L
Reviewed July 29, 2018 via mobile

We were very impressed with the pigmy forest. There is a nice boardwalk that meanders through this small park. It is handicap friendly. The trail isn’t very long, and takes about 30 minutes or less to complete. It is fascinating to see such small, but...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed July 24, 2018

I spent three days kayaking different parts of the Mendocino coast and we stayed three nights in Van Damme State Park. The park is great, located just across Highway 1 from Van Damme beach which is an easy launch for kayaking the local sea caves...More

Date of experience: June 2018
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They have a fire pit with a half grill. Its small and doesn't cover the whole fire pit. we have used it to roast corn on the cob and fish in tin foil