Van Damme State Park
Catch A Canoe & Bicycles, Too!
This friendly outfit rents bikes, kayaks and canoes (including redwood outriggers) for trips up the 8-mile Big River tidal estuary....
Kelley House Museum
With a research library and changing exhibits on early California and Mendocino, the 1861 museum hosts seasonal, two-hour walking tours ...
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Van Damme State Park information
Three miles south of Mendocino, this sprawling 1831-acre park draws beachcombers, divers and kayakers to its easy-access beach , and hikers to its pygmy forest . The latter is a unique and precious place, where acidic soil and an impenetrable layer of hardpan have created a miniature forest of decades-old trees. The visitor center has nature exhibits and programs.
You can reach the forest on the moderate 3.5-mile Fern Canyon Scenic Trail , which crosses back and forth over Little River and past the Cabbage Patch , a bog of skunk cabbage that’s rich with wildlife.