The Fern Canyon Trail wends through a lush, gorgeous landscape of majestic redwoods, pines, cypress, and huge ferns. There is a variety of trails to choose from, depending on how strenuous a hike you’re up for that day. Whichever trail you choose, you will be awed by the timeless beauty of the scenery. You almost feel like a dinosaur could emerge from behind a giant fern. The forest is a birdwatcher’s paradise, home to a wide variety of birds, including owls, hummingbirds, warblers, woodpeckers, jays, and thrushes. Don’t forget your binoculars! Take note of the many scenic bridges you’ll cross on your hike – these original bridges were laid down by the California Conservation Corps during the New Deal.
Van Damme State Park is located at 8001 Highway 1 in Little River, just north of Little River Inn. Information on kayak rentals can be found here: http://www.kayakmendocino.com/index.php. Many trails are bicycle friendly and are signposted where bicycles are permitted. Dogs are allowed on the beach if they are on a leash, but are not permitted on the trails. The boardwalk is wheelchair accessible. There is a seasonal information kiosk; call (707) 937 5804 to confirm hours and for other information. Day use only for the beach; camp sites are available on the forest side of the park. Some are first come, first serve, but most are reservation only. Reserve at reservecalifornia.com or by calling 1-800-444-7275.