Van Damme State Park

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Van Damme State Park information

Van Damme State Park , USA
8001 N Hwy 1
Little River
+1 707 937 5804
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per car $8
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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.