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Van Damme State Park

Hwy 1, Mendocino, CA 95430
+1 707-937-5804
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Stop here it is a great place to visit.

This is a terrific place to visit and easy to get to. It is right off Highway 1 in Little River... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Dennis C
Lincoln, California
Pigmy Forest

We only walked the Pigmy Forest part. The pigmy trees are a truly fascinating phenomenon, one of... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Wickenburg, Arizona
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Picturesque spot known for its Pygmy Forest of small trees and Fern Canyon.
  • Excellent68%
  • Very good24%
  • Average7%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible1%
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“fern canyon” (23 reviews)
“pygmy forest” (60 reviews)
“little river” (23 reviews)
Hwy 1, Mendocino, CA 95430
+1 707-937-5804
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Reviewed yesterday

This is a terrific place to visit and easy to get to. It is right off Highway 1 in Little River. Stroll on the beach and enjoy the area. We were traveling on a Monday and the beach was not crowded.

Thank Dennis C
Reviewed 1 week ago

We only walked the Pigmy Forest part. The pigmy trees are a truly fascinating phenomenon, one of Mother Nature's quirks - on the other hand, don't be underwhelmed ... we were a bit by the sight of the pygmies. Basically they look like young trees,...More

Thank Esty666
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The true experience here means putting this natural oddity into perspective. Just walking around is only a nice experience. But learning how nature's conditions have made these Mendocino cypresses grow to 1-2 frets over 80 years...while they would grow to 30 feet in a redwood...More

Thank yef70
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We hiked through Fern Canyon Trail and enjoyed the greenery and the sounds of the water flowing through the creek. We stopped at the bridges throughout the trail and took pictures. The hike was easy to navigate and flat. We also visited the Pygmy Forest...More

Thank TripleTeepee
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

VanDamme Park is next to Little River. It is a beautiful park that has nice walking and hiking trails. It contains giant redwoods that tower over the park as well as ferns that grow up the canyon walls and are extremely dense. Very picturesque.

Thank Denny B
Reviewed 15 June 2017

Across from Van Damme beach, a flat area and calm cove where a creek comes out. Nice campsite in the lower and middle levels. There is a trail to the pygmy forest and an informative visitors center

Thank Pamela T
Reviewed 25 May 2017

We stopped at Van Damme and enjoyed a walk on the beach. The coast has lots of boulders in the breaking waves, making it quite exciting.

Thank Linda B
Reviewed 6 May 2017

We enjoyed a nice little hike from the Pygmy Forest into the redwoods...we got to the Pygmy Forest via Airport Road. No restrooms at the site. We enjoyed the boardwalk which then led to paths into the redwoods....quiet, beautiful...highly recommend if you're in the Mendocino...More

Thank drosek13
Reviewed 5 May 2017

Stayed at the park on a road trip up to Canada and am so glad we did! Stopped and camped at site #27 for one night. Right on the river which was beautiful and a hop skip & jump across from the bathroom. The only...More

Thank peaches1989
Reviewed 29 April 2017

I came to the park due to a recommendation from a friend. She said hiking the Pygmy Forest is a must do attraction. She was right. Finding the Pygmy forest itself can be a challenge. There are no clear signs for it at all. However,...More

Thank BT-jet-setting
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Response from tigereyes1970 | Reviewed this property |
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