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“Every bit as nice as Muir Woods and other parks, without the crowds”

Russian Gulch State Park
Ranked #3 of 26 things to do in Mendocino
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: This park's view of the Mendocino headlands is enhanced by a spectacular array of wildflowers.
Reviewed June 1, 2008

We hiked maybe about 10 miles in this park. We saw the waterfall, kept going. From redwoods to 1,000,000s of plants, and zero bugs, we loved this park. The trails were well=kept and rarely did we see other people. We absolutely loved this park. The waterfall was a nice thing to see, but not solely worth walking the park. We loved the park for other reasons, including the trees, the trails, and the cool weather. A lot of fun. A must-do in Mendocino.

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Reviewed May 13, 2008

I have stayed many times at other campgrounds in the area, but May 2008 was my first stay at Russian Gulch. It was less crowded than MacKerricher and Van Damme state parks, but also offered significantly less beach access.

The sites are exclusively in the gulch, unlike Van Damme, which offers higher spots, but the sites are lush, beautiful and private. The bathrooms are spaced further than in the other campgrounds, but they were clean and the showers provided terrific hot water pressure.

The Fern Canyon trail, similar to Van Damme's trail of the same name, offered a more spectacular finish, with a beautiful waterfall. But the beach is tiny, rocky, and of interest mostly to abalone divers. Other attractions are accessible by vehicle, but little else is of interest on foot.

Overall, this is a great campground for peace and quiet and a beautiful setting, but with less activities adjacent than its nearby northern and southern cousins.

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Reviewed June 19, 2017
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Reviewed May 22, 2017
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