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Van Damme State Park

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Address: Hwy 1, Mendocino, CA 95430
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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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Don't miss the Pygmy Forest

We went to Van Damme State Park to see the Pygmy Forest and were disappointed to find the park closed for the winter. But we got lucky and a local told us how to get to the Pygmy... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
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Healdsburg, California
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Healdsburg, California
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14 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We went to Van Damme State Park to see the Pygmy Forest and were disappointed to find the park closed for the winter. But we got lucky and a local told us how to get to the Pygmy Forest through the back entrance. Drive south from the Van Damme entrance on Highway 1. Turn left at the Little River Airport... More 

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San Jose, California
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Van Damme is a wonderful starting point for either calm river kayaking or the more dangerous ocean cave kayak outing.. We loved them both but the ocean not recommended by novices unless with a qualified guide

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Thank TravelEditorRetired
Mendocino, California
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32 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017

Breathe in all the oxygen and fresh air as you walk or bike up Fern Canyon trail, listen to the babbling of the stream, this is as picturesque as it gets in the redwood trees. As a word to the wise, parts of the upper trail may be closed during the rainy season as it gets muddy. Fantastic place to... More 

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Montara, California
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6 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2017

We hiked for 4 hours through changing tree communities, followed straps and had an awesome workout. There was just enough up hill to make it fun.

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Thank ravnmontara
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18 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 December 2016

Right off of Highway 1 in Van Damme State Park. It has picnic tables and fire pits. The Little River flows into the ocean here.

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Thank Yee H
Windsor, California
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18 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 2016

Like walking through a forest of soothing and healing beauty, truly a special place to ease one's spirit, quietly contemplate and appreciate our beautiful planet.

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Thank Trailwalker55
Daly City, California
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15 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 December 2016

The fern forest was awesome Very quiet and empty when we hiked Great easygoing hike not to many incline areas

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 December 2016

We went in late November and during the middle of the week, there was hardly anyone else on the Fern trail. It was blissful!! So quiet, lush, green and magical. With every step, you can take in a new world -- so many banana slugs, mushrooms of all kinds, and trees, ferns and other gorgeous growth. I'm not a botanist... More 

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San Francisco, California
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34 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 December 2016

I visited Mendocino in December 2016, on a rainy weekend. I'd read so much about the Fern trail that we decided to hike it in the rain. The stream next to the trail was just about overflowing its banks for the first mile. This is good in drought ridden California, but made for a mushy hike. Eventually the trail became... More 

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Brea, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 November 2016

There is a walkway from the Inn at Little River down to the state park entrance. From there you can walk the fern trail to the pygmy forest. The views are incredible, the trail is easy to follow, and there is a stream for most of the way.

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