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Reservation Status: Accepted Campground reservations can be made online or by calling (800) 444-7275.


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Lush green vegetation in Van Damme SP
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Lush green vegetation in Van Damme SP
Description - Van Damme State Park consists of 1,831 acres of beach and upland on the Mendocino Coast. Of all park system units along the Mendocino coast, Van Damme is perhaps the richest in terms of historical resources connected with the redwood lumber industry. Its story is a prime example of the struggles and eventual failures of a small, independent lumber operation.

Attractions - The park features the lush Fern Canyon scenic trail system; the Pygmy Forest where mature, cone-bearing cypress and pine trees stand six inches to eight feet tall; and the bog, or Cabbage Patch, where skunk cabbage grows in abundance. The park's ten miles of trail go along the fern-carpeted canyon of Little River. A paved road is used by joggers and bicyclists. The beach is popular with abalone divers.

Recreation - Van Damme State Park offers opportunities for hiking, biking, camping, kayaking, fishing, viewing nature, educational programs and exhibits and abalone diving.

Visitors can get a unique perspective of the coast line by taking the kayak tours, available through a concession agreement, at the Van Damme beach parking lot.

Climate - Summers are generally mild. Fog is often encountered near the coastline, with sunny, warmer weather more common inland in the foothills. Winters are generally cool with considerable precipitation. Wear layers of clothing to accommodate cool to warm temperatures and good walking shoes. Rain protection should be included at any time of year.

Location - The park is three miles south of Mendocino on Highway 1. The highway runs through the park separating the campground and the Fern Canyon trail head to the east and the beach and parking lot to the west.


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Number of People Encountered: 25-50 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Van Damme State Park is fantastic! There are several hiking trails that are great for kids & families. The camp sites are large and private. It was extremely quite and very well maintained. The restrooms and showers are in excellent condition. The small costal town of Mendocino is just a couple of miles away and it is a must see! It is a treasure of small shops and resturants. (We spent one whole day in town.)


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ICON Camping Reservable campsites available at Van Damme State Park.
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Contact Information:
Russian River Mendocino Sector Headquarters, P.O. Box 440 , Mendocino, CA, 95460, Phone: 707-937-5804, Fax: 707-937-2953

Additional Information:
North Coast State Parks and Beaches - The North Coast Region, stretches nearly 400 miles, from just north of San Francisco to the Oregon border. It is a land of rugged shoreline and pounding surf, of towering redwood forests and rushing rivers, of verdant hills and bountiful vineyards.
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Links:
California State Parks - Official agency website.
Campground Reservations - Reserve your campground online here with reserveamerica.com

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