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Van Damme State Park

Hwy 1, Mendocino, CA 95430
+1 707-937-5804
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"We walked the Pygmy Forest"

As a little side trip we walked the Pigmy Forest which is a small part of Van Damme State Park... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Carmichael, California
Beautiful for walking and a picnic

Great hiking trails, beautiful campsites, nice bathrooms. We used the campsite just for a picnic... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
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Picturesque spot known for its Pygmy Forest of small trees and Fern Canyon.
  • Excellent67%
  • Very good24%
  • Average8%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible1%
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“fern canyon” (25 reviews)
“pygmy forest” (62 reviews)
“little river” (24 reviews)
Hwy 1, Mendocino, CA 95430
+1 707-937-5804
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Reviewed 1 week ago

As a little side trip we walked the Pigmy Forest which is a small part of Van Damme State Park reach by a side road. They have a board walk which is handicap friendly. There are signs telling you what you are seeing and it...More

Thank beachbabes512
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great hiking trails, beautiful campsites, nice bathrooms. We used the campsite just for a picnic, however, the camping here looked very nice

Thank Ediver
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great basecamp for mountain biking and generally visiting the Mendocino area. Camp host was super friendly and helpful. The upper loop has a combination of sites tucked into the forest and others in an open meadow so you can choose cozy shade or some sun...More

Thank Re W
Reviewed 7 September 2017 via mobile

This option is a good workout for walkers. 8 miles roundtrip from the trailhead parking lot. Although signage indicates 7 miles. Drive thru the campground to find trailhead parking at the end of the road. The path is also suitable for mountain bikes. The Pygmy...More

Thank anasazi
Reviewed 31 August 2017

We camped here with our dogs for three nights in August. Van Damme is a beautifully wooded park with a river running through the campground. There are plenty of different sites available including ones completely open with full sun to those with lots of trees...More

Thank jweezietravels
Reviewed 29 August 2017

This is a wonderful park to go for a long walk or to hike. It's quiet. It's lush. It's easy to get to from downtown Mendocino. There's camping, but we haven't done that.

Thank LoveMahaulepu
Reviewed 17 August 2017

My husband and I visited Van Damme State Park and walked along the Fern Canyon Scenic Trail. It was LOVELY! Tall Redwoods and lush ferns along the stream. Very soothing to be there as there were not many people on the trail. Unfortunately we didn't...More

Thank Elaine H
Reviewed 25 July 2017

The best access to the pygmy forest is by the road to the airport. If you pay the admission fee to the park you end up with a very long hike to the forest. It's a pleasant hike, but more than we were willing to...More

Thank contradancer
Reviewed 22 July 2017

We hiked the whole trail, for us a 9.2 experience. One of the best workouts we've ever had and a treat to the eyes, ears, and noses the whole way.

1  Thank Vandover
Reviewed 20 July 2017

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
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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