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Just 10 miles from Mendocino in northern California, this old lumber town has a rugged beauty that outsiders are only now discovering. Fort Bragg's industrial past has aged rather charmingly. The historic railway trestle has been converted into a beachside boardwalk, and the former company store is now small shops and restaurants. The beach where locals used to dump bottles has morphed into the famous Glass Beach, a favorite spot for beachcombers. Follow the Pudding Creek Trestle all the way to MacKerricher State Park, just three miles north of Fort Bragg. Harbor seals often visit these secluded Pacific beaches, and crabs play in the tide pools. The park has dedicated tent camping at Surfwood Camp along Lake Cleone. Further back from the lake, Pinewood Camp has tent and RV sites. Or you can visit Fort Bragg's redwood groves at the Jackson State Forest. Hiking trails lead through the 50,000-acre park, including a waterfall trail. The forest has two primitive campgrounds to pitch a tent on a first-come, first-served basis. You can also see the redwoods aboard the Skunk Train. This old long-haul train runs from Fort Bragg to the town of Willits, passing the river estuary and ancient groves. There's also plenty to do in town. Stroll through the Rhododendrons at the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens. Or watch for grey whales at Pomo Bluffs Park at the mouth of the Noyo River. There are several RV parks along Highway 1 if you need a full hook-up to extend your stay a little longer.

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