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Season for Peak Fees: 05/15 to 09/15

Van Damme State Park consists of 1,831 acres of beach and upland on the Mendocino Coast.

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. Hike-in sites do not allow dogs.

Check the State Parks website for additional information on the weather, suggested day hikes, or to see the park brochure, campground map, park photos, video, and more. Information available will vary from park to park.Click here

Park Kiosk Hours:

  • Hi Season: 8am-10pm
  • Lo Season: Varies

Services & Amenities:

Within Facility
  • Amphitheater
  • Barbecue
  • Comfort Station
  • Dump Station
  • Fire Rings
  • Fishing
  • Food Lockers
  • Hiking Trails
  • Nature Trails
  • Parking
  • Picnic Area
  • Picnicking
  • Ranger Station
  • Restrooms
  • Scuba Diving
  • Showers
  • Telephone
  • Visitors Center
  • Water Sports
Alerts and Important Information
Discount Pass must be presented at the time of check in.

Your DMV Disabled Placard/License Plate does not automatically give you a discount on your campsite. You will need to obtain a CA State park-issued Disabled Discount Pass (DDP) or Distinguished Veterans Pass (DVP).

Fees include entry for 1 vehicle and 1 legally towed vehicle or trailer, additional vehicles will be charged per night at the park.

Hike-in sites do not allow dogs.

To book a Group site you must have at least NINE occupants.

1st come / 1st served basis when not on reservations.

2014 Reservation Season:

  • Family sites: Reservations available March 21 - August 31; 1st1st when not on reservations
  • Group site: Reservations available March 21 – November 30; closed when not on reservations.
  • The park is now site specific. You will be able to choose your site when you make your reservation.

    Getting There:

    The park is three miles south of Mendocino on Highway One.

    Contact Information:

    Mailing Address:

    P.O. BOX 440
    MENDOCINO CA 95460

    Phone Number:

    Project Office:(707)937-5804