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Van Damme State Park

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Address: Hwy 1, Mendocino, CA 95430
Phone Number: 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 Canyon Trail

The visitors center was closed, so off to a less than good start. Had read about the Fern Canyon Trail. A ranger guided me to it. Did the 8.5 loop to Pygmy Forest & back. The hike... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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Aurora, Colorado
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Aurora, Colorado
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23 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The visitors center was closed, so off to a less than good start. Had read about the Fern Canyon Trail. A ranger guided me to it. Did the 8.5 loop to Pygmy Forest & back. The hike was excellent. I agree with those who recommended it on this site, its a good one.

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Claremont, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

It is a perfect place to look at tide pools and the scenery is extraordinary. Make sure to find out when it is a low tide in order to enjoy that experience.

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sonoma county, ca
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10 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We have hiked in this park before, and it continues to enchant us. The hikes are relatively flat and lead to unique spots (pygmy forest, fern grove). Several foot bridges cross creeks. A must if you are in the area.

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Largo, Florida, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Hiked to the Pygmy Forest. 7 miles round trip, part was uphill, nice scenery, path maintained. For those of you not into hiking there is a backroad so you can drive there.

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Calistoga, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Little crowded especially with low tide and a lot of the people visiting are just plain rude. That being said free parking beach side and beautiful beach. The park across the street has a great hiking trails through the fern canyon and a visitor center to learn about abalone!

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Redwood Valley, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2016

We did both trails, they were fairly flat and very well marked. The mosquitos were really bad. Bring bug spray! Quiet and peaceful walk in the woods!

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Pasadena, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2016

We wanted a long hike so we took the Fern Canyon Scenic Trail to the Fern Canyon Trail to the Pygmy Forest to the Old Logging Road Trail and back via the Fern Canyon Scenic Trail, about 8.5 miles total. Another great inland hike with very few people.

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Redding, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2016 via mobile

I wanted to ride my mountain bike and my son didn't want anything too long. He's 11 and plays competitive soccer, but didn't want anything too strenuous?! We saw this trail in a book and decided to give it a try as it was relatively flat and we could turn around at any time. We parked at the beach and... More 

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Berkeley, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2016

Mendocino is known for the redwoods that reach down to the ocean. This hike in the redwoods was one of the most beautiful hikes I have ever taken on the California coast. Many choices for all skill levels.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2016

We only visited the beach portion of this park, which was absolutely gorgeous early in the morning. Loons, crabs, and seals abound, and delightful tide pool exploration. A really great place to watch the sunrise.

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