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Van Damme State Park

Hwy 1, Mendocino, CA 95430
+1 707-937-5804
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pygmy forest is completely disappointing

don't repeat our mistake of going there. there is a boardwalk with explanation signs - about 15... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Mia_Sh
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San Jose, CA
Great place to camp

We camped here for 3 days Wed.-Friday. It was like being in a fairy tale forest, surrounded by... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
happytraveler2010_10
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Sedona, Arizona
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Picturesque spot known for its Pygmy Forest of small trees and Fern Canyon.
  • Excellent67%
  • Very good23%
  • Average8%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“pygmy forest” (66 reviews)
“fern canyon” (25 reviews)
“little river” (25 reviews)
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Hwy 1, Mendocino, CA 95430
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

don't repeat our mistake of going there. there is a boardwalk with explanation signs - about 15 minutes walk round trip. - the short is: the ground is salty and hard, so the trees grow small. if you take these trees to good ground they...More

1  Thank Mia_Sh
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We camped here for 3 days Wed.-Friday. It was like being in a fairy tale forest, surrounded by vegetation and very quiet. The beach was within walking distance, although going back up the hill may not be easy if you are not used to walking...More

Thank happytraveler2010_10
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

All Mendo parks are amazing. If you have the time, do visit each! This review is for a short, but view packed coastal walk. The trail head can be found in several places starting at the Cobblers Walk Inn (there’s a trail head at their...More

Thank Jake C
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Reviewed 26 April 2018

At the time of our visit in April the entire park was closed due to storm damage. If you plan to go, check out ahead of time to see if they have reopened.

Thank fungramma51
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Reviewed 23 April 2018

Camped her for 18+ years beginning with group campout (great space). Rangers used to have hot coffee ready for sale at dawn for <$1 and led hikes for all ages/abilities. Cross the hwy to the beach, take the trails, BBQ at site, fish, dive, sit...More

Thank MrsDrNuckols
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Reviewed 9 April 2018

The Ranger here tries her best to make this Park one of the best around. The place was spick and span and the toilets, although fairly basic, were also very clean. This was one of the best State Parks we camped in.

Thank antis
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Reviewed 24 March 2018

Take the little airport road. Walk from the pygmy forest trail to the short 1.3 mile fern canyon trail. Surrounded by tall trees and many varieties of ferns. The trail is downhill most of the way from the pygmy forest to the ferns, so you...More

Thank sanantonio18
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Reviewed 4 January 2018

If you just want to walk the pygmy forest and not pay the entrance fee for the state park, drive down Airport road in Little river. After you pass the airport, there will be signs for the pygmy forest on the left hand side. There...More

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Reviewed 26 October 2017

We spent 3 nights this October. The space was quite ample for our trucks and tent. We cooked on the fire pit one night with charcoal we brought. Hot showers are quite clean and so appreciated after a day of exploration; be sure to bring...More

Thank Anna and Michae... C
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Reviewed 12 October 2017

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
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Scosmith123
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Response from Nick S | Reviewed this property |
Yes for additional cost
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taylorjean999
27 June 2016|
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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
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