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Van Damme State Park

Hwy 1, Mendocino, CA 95430
+1 707-937-5804
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Nice campground by the ocean

Nice camping spot right by the ocean and nestled in the redwood trees! Pleasant staff. Beach and... read more

Reviewed 17 May 2016
claudia b
Sacramento, California
Great hikes and lovely beach

The campground has some great sites for mid size RV's and a couple that will fit a 40 footer. The... read more

Reviewed 15 May 2016
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Picturesque spot known for its Pygmy Forest of small trees and Fern Canyon.
  • Excellent69%
  • Very good23%
  • Average7%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible1%
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“little river” (24 reviews)
Hwy 1, Mendocino, CA 95430
+1 707-937-5804
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Reviewed 17 May 2016

Nice camping spot right by the ocean and nestled in the redwood trees! Pleasant staff. Beach and ocean are just across the street.

Thank claudia b
Reviewed 15 May 2016 via mobile

The campground has some great sites for mid size RV's and a couple that will fit a 40 footer. The beach is on the rocky side but great for walking, snorkeling or taking a small boat out into the protected cove.

Thank Chiefly1
Reviewed 12 May 2016

We love staying at Van Damme and have been coming here for over 40 years. The camp ground is always nice and well maintained. The staff are pleasant and helpful. There are bathrooms and showers available. What we like best of all is that there...More

1  Thank tigereyes1970
Reviewed 2 May 2016

We loved hiking the Fern Trail. While long, it was do- able for avid hikers as well as families. Communing with nature without crowds is a joy.

Thank Travellady0417
Reviewed 11 April 2016

A wild and magnificent walk on the cliffs -- exhilarating and oh so beautiful -- watch for the spouts of the whales surfacing for air. This is one of God's special creations.

Thank John H
Reviewed 9 April 2016

The wildflowers alongside the trails, so plentiful! Watch out for poison oak and nettles. The Fern Canyon trail is lovely, peaceful, gentle. We decided to continue on to the Pygmy Forest on foot, and just be aware that it is quite steep, and can be...More

2  Thank QuietPerson
Reviewed 9 April 2016

We went hiking here during our honeymoon. Beautiful place! Quiet and well maintained trails. Wonderful time, would definitely love to return.

Thank Ev4
Reviewed 24 March 2016 via mobile

This is a lovely park and trail into the canyon with lots of stream water. Not much fun however, right after extensive rain. We found the trail covered in numerous places with fallen trees requiring clearing and crawling to get thru. After a mile we...More

Thank BoulderNut
Reviewed 13 March 2016 via mobile

We hiked the entire trail, up to and including the Pygmy Forest -- easy walking, only the eastern loop has steep segments. The redwoods and undergrowth are enchanting. It feels like a movie set. Good explanations on the Pygmy Forest Nature Trail helped us appreciate...More

Thank marko18745
Reviewed 15 February 2016

Great location and wonderful campsites Relatively quiet and very relaxing. One of the better parks in the State System

Thank 32480Robert
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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