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#37 of 90 state parks in California

Best trails in Van Damme State Park

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Explore the most popular trails in Van Damme State Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.
Description

Located near the town of Mendocino on the northern California coastline, Van Damme State Park is a rich area of beaches, redwood forests, and historical resources. Visitors will find walking trails, a campground, a visitor center, and picnicking areas.

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Map of trails in Van Damme State Park
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Top trails (3)
#1 - Fern Canyon Scenic Trail
Van Damme State Park
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Length: 8.3 mi • Est. 3 h 54 m
#2 - Old Logging Road - Fern Canyon Loop
Van Damme State Park
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Length: 4.4 mi • Est. 2 h 6 m
#3 - Pygmy Forest Discovery Trail
Van Damme State Park
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Length: 0.2 mi • Est. 5 m
Short nature hike through a grove of 100 year old trees stunted by poor soil conditions. You are about to see a forest where nature, practicing a form of bonsai, has created vegetation that is dwarfed and stunted. At the beginning of the trail, there are tall trees and the soils is under a layer of fresh leaves and needles and the decomposing litter of past years. This litter is acted on by fungi, bacteria, and other organisms and is becoming new soil, returning nutrients to the earth to support new plant life. As you enter the Pygmy forest, the trees are smaller and the soil is depleted of nutrients. Show more