Van Damme State Park

The second park we visited on the trip to Mendocino was Van Damme State Park, located a couple miles south of Mendocino on Highway 1. We did a run up the Fern Trail along Little River. The trail is aptly named as a carpet of ferns covers under thick stands of second growth redwoods and mossy maples covers the canyon. The lushness reminded me of the forests in Western Washington. The pathway is wide for the first 2.5 miles and features eight beautifully constructed bridges spanning Little River. Then, it turns to single track as you continue up the canyon. The Fern Trail is always within earshot of Little River and much of the way it travels right along the stream with numerous cascades and small waterfalls.

One of the sweet bridges
One of the eight sweet bridges

Bridge over Little River
Bridge over Little River
Small waterfall along the Little River
Small waterfall along Little River
Another nice bridge
Another nice bridge
Thick forest
Thick forest
Enjoying the Fern Trail
Enjoying the Fern Trail

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