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Van Damme State Park

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Address: Hwy 1, Mendocino, CA 95430
Phone Number: +1 707-937-5804
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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 Trail

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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 days ago
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Brea, California
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Brea, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

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 4 weeks ago

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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New York City
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 26, 2016

Do both. Excellent hikes. Pgymy "self-guided" tour is very short; if you do the Fern Trail from the pygmy parking lot, you can do a look that's about 4 miles.

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Thank jzimmerm
California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 25, 2016

Wonderful place to walk. The paths are well maintained. Lovely walking bridges over the river. Huge ferns. Towering redwoods.Great place to bird watch. You can park for free across the street in the beach parking lot if you don't mind walking an extra bit through the campgrounds to the trail head. After your hike you can take your shoes off... More 

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Thank CaliforniaLuRN
South Lake Tahoe, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 20, 2016

I hiked up from Van Damme State Park to Pygmy Forest, climbing through 500,000 years of evolutionary development. I met a guy named Alan Ader who is a Fish Habitat Specialist for the California Conservation Corps. He was leading a crew doing salmon restoration work. This is a wonderful example of our tax dollars at work in restoring our environment.... More 

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Danville, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 26, 2016

We stayed at the nearby Glendeven Inn and were able to hike to the Fern Canyon trail from there. We walked through the campsites which looked lovely. We also went sea kayaking from Van Damme beach with Kayak Mendocino which was fun. There was also another hiking trail that took us to the beach from a different area which was... More 

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Pacific Grove, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 19, 2016

Just what we were looking for in an easy, level walk along a well-maintained trail that follows the Little River. We were thrilled to find it quiet, even on a sparkling fall Sunday: we encountered only a few other walkers and luxuriated in a solitude that's become all too rare. Beautiful forest. Two young raccoons fishing together in the river... More 

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Naples, Italy
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 18, 2016

this was a fantastic place for a hike. The part of the trail we did was fairly flat and was spectacular - redwoods, ferns, river, bridges. Shady and magical.

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Sacramento, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 14, 2016 via mobile

Plenty of campground choices on a Sunday afternoon - meadow was very nice - incredible stars!! Main bathroom with showers was amongst the best ever seen in state park- very tidy and well kept

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