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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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More proof that California has the best state parks

Beautiful state park along lovely northern California coast. Classic coastal views, great hikes, beautiful coastal forest. Amazing

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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Nashville, TN
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Nashville, TN
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Beautiful state park along lovely northern California coast. Classic coastal views, great hikes, beautiful coastal forest. Amazing

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Fern trail through Redwoods is great. East and flat near stream. Easy parking Very scenic but no dogs allowed.

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Sacramento, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Fern Canyon Trail and Pygmy Forest were great hikes. We hiked 9 miles in about 4.5 hours and it was pretty easy. You could go faster or slower depending on your ablility.

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Yuba City, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We greatly enjoyed our camping trip here! The rangers were all friendly and very eager to help us have a good time. We would recommend this as a fantastic camping site to anyone looking to stay in the great outdoors but not go without running water, flushing toilets and showers! Our stay was too short, we would have enjoyed an... More 

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Stamford, Connecticut
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Got there late afternoon. The ranger at the entrance told us not to stay long since the sun would set soon (we were there at 430pm... sun was up til almost 9!). Asked how to get to the pygmy forest section - was handed a map and told it's over there. Well we followed the lousy directions and signage, couldn't... More 

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Poulton Le Fylde, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We started our hike from the beach where scuba divers were preparing their kit. From that wide open expanse, suddenly you are in the high sided canyon lush with deep ferns. The pathway winds near to the little river, crossing it on small wooden bridges from time to time.We were the only people hiking and it was beautifully peaceful until... More 

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Denver, Colorado
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2016

We made the mistake of going on a hike behind our Inn in Van Damme State Park...in shorts. The trees and ferns were beautiful; very jungle like. But not being from here, we did not recognize the Poison Oak that virtually covered the trail, until my wife and I both felt a distinct stinging sensation on our legs at the... More 

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Yuba City, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2016

Went there to ride bikes thru Fern Canyon, after speaking with the park attendant, decided to hike instead. The first 2.5 miles on the dual use trail was pleasant, then at the split for the loop, I went the 2.3 mile hike path and it was a good hike to the Pygmy Forest. Then we took the 1.2 mile downhill... More 

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2016

I found this place thanks to Trip Advisor as I was looking for a decent trail run during a roadtrip along Rt. 1 (I didn't want to risk running on the highway!). This place was perfect! We came early in the morning and were the only ones there, except for a few campers who had hiked in a bit to... More 

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Aurora, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2016

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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