This site campground has sites spread out along a river and a bog, and has easy access to trails leading to the coast and charming pygmy forest. There are 69 reservable sites as well as a few hike/bike sites, and while they are not the most spacious, they still make for a great spot to soak up the beautiful surroundings.
Campsite area
Bring your own tents, vans and truck campers, trailers, RVs
69 sites
Up to 8 guests per site
Park at listing
No ADA access
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Potable water available
Showers available
Picnic table available


Offered near the campground.


Van Damme State Park has some “Damme good rides!” Fern Canyon Trail provides some of the most beautiful riding in the area. “A ...Read more


Van Damme is an amazing spot for spear fishing and diving. Depending on what you’re looking for, there are a variety of sites ...Read more


Explore the parks 10 miles of trails which go across the Fern carpeted canyon of Little River .The number one hike is definitel...Read more


One of the most popular things to do is kayaking; there really is no better way to explore the magnificent coastline! Kayak Me...Read more


Van Damme is a good swimming spot, even better if you double as an abalone diver!


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Hipcamper Julian
Julian J.
didn't provide a recommendation.
September 5th, 2015

A very underrated campground with upper and lower camp areas. There are brand new bathrooms/showers in the upper area and a huge playing field in the middle of the 'ring' of about 30 campsites. The lower sites sit along a beautiful little creek and redwood trees. Expect more noise at the upper campsites.

There are also 'environmental camp sites' about 2.5mi up this BEAUTIFUL little creek, along a very well-maintained path. Rangers say it's super-quiet up there so if you're looking for some peaceful camping without having to make a big trek, this is a great find. Campers can hike the same path too.

Summary: An great campground nestled amongst the trees, sitting along a creek, and right next to the beach. Just a few mins from Fort Bragg

Hipcamper Amber
Amber M.
didn't provide a recommendation.
March 25th, 2015

This beautiful campground is a hot spot for abalone divers and fishermen. A great launching point to spend time in Mendocino or Fort Bragg just north of the camp ground. Just watch out for the banana slugs!

You never know what you'll find in the forest.Van Damme is a popular spot for ab (abalone) divers. Prepping fresh abalone in camp the dudes pulled out of the ocean earlier that day at Van Damme beach.Van Damme State Beach is right across Hwy 1 from the campground, never crowded and we've spotted dolphins and seals off the beach.morning campfires rock.
Hipcamper Aja
Aja P.
didn't provide a recommendation.
November 29th, 2015

Jonesing for a fire? Head 2.5 hours north of SF to the lovely, damp forest at Van Damme. Stop at Lemon's Market on 120 en route for pickled asparagus--this is non negotiable.

Sites are 35$ per night and there are over 60 of them, if you don't mind rubbing elbows with RVS and being lullabied to sleep by the sound of abalone divers pounding their catch for dinner. The park is dog friendly, but unfortunately you can't take your pet back to the environmental sites, which are like a backcountry dream only 3 miles from a parking lot.

There's even a pygmy forest complete with science-y fact boards for us nerds and you can pull a quick 9 mile loop through the trails and be back in time for s'mores (and asparagus).

Hipcamper m
M M.
didn't provide a recommendation.
March 30th, 2016

The lower area is quieter, with nicely spaced sites along a creek. Watch out for mosquitos though. The upper area has a lot more action. Sites are a bit close together. The looping road and field in the middle provide great recreation space for kids to ride bikes, throw frisbees, etc. Weather is hit or miss in the summer. We've stayed on beautiful sunny days but also visited at times when it was cold and foggy the whole time. Overall, a great campground.

Hipcamper Alfredo
Alfredo R.
didn't provide a recommendation.
August 3rd, 2016

Beautiful spot located right across the street from the beach! Didn't even need much notice to get a spot :]

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Hipcamper Christina
Christina P.
didn't provide a recommendation.
January 13th, 2017

We stayed at site 11 in the lower loop with a dog. Unfortunately, they are not allowed on any of the trails though, so we only managed the short hike around the very overgrown Bog Trail. Sites with roomy with a food storage locker. I would like to stay in the upper loops if I went again. Beach accessible across the way filled with abalone divers but the green space just north of that has easy hiking we took the dog on down to the cliffs. We also drove up to Big River and the wide fire road there is dog friendly and beautiful by the river.

Short hike around the pygmy forest. Sort of interesting, but definitely not what I imaginedNo need for bear boxes, the cutest food lockers insteadSite 11 in the lower loopUnnamed green space across from Van Damme with an excellent short hike to the rocky cliffs
Hipcamper Nikki
Nikki T.
recommends this listing.
September 5th, 2017

This place is fantastic during the off-season.

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Hipcamper Candace
Candace S.
recommends this listing.
February 19th, 2018

Bring extra layers, you're in Northern California so it can get cold when the fog rolls in.

Hipcamper Kim
Kim C.
recommends this listing.
November 2nd, 2018

Across from the ocean it has hiking and bike trails. Bring warm clothing even summers can be cold. Lock your ice chests up, especially Abalone season they disappear.

Van Damme State Park
United States
Phone Number
(707) 937-5804
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39.275° N, 123.789° W
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