Van Damme State Park
This 1,831-acre park offers a variety of attractions for hikers, divers, and campers. The free day-use beach offers a stunning spot for whale watching, picnics, kayaking, and diving. Van Damme Beach is next to a protected cove, making it popular with kayakers, snorkelers and divers. Here you can find kelp forests, red abalone, sea stars, sea urchins, and nearshore fish. Or you can set up a beach chair and watch for harbor seals or gray whales. RV camping is allowed in the beach parking lot, but there is no overnight camping permitted on the beach.
If you are looking for a hike through shaded redwoods and a green canyon, Van Damme’s Fern Canyon Trail is the perfect day hike. This 9-mile round trip trail follows Little River and climbs the hill to the unusual Van Damme pygmy forest boardwalk trail. The pygmy forest features 6-foot tall trees that are hundreds of years old. The limited nutrients in the soil, paired with a hardpan layer only a foot under the surface, has stunted the growth of these ancient trees.
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Van Damme State Park has one of the largest campgrounds on the Northern California Coast. Camping in this park is popular in summer and reservations should be made in advance. Visit ReserveCalifornia.com to book a campsite.
Pelican Bluff 10th Anniversary Hike! (Postponed d/t Weather-New Date TBA)
March 02, 2024 2:00 pm
26300 Shoreline Highway Point Arena, CA 95468
The hike is open to the public, bring anyone you'd like! Join us and celebrate the trail. MLT will have a small table set up with warm drinks and snacks. We will also be selling a batch of the 10th Anniversary t-shirts and stickers. Those who would rather not participate in the long hike can enjoy the short loop trail or stick around the table to chat with folks.