Discover Tranquility at Van Damme State Park Campground

Nestled along the picturesque Mendocino coast, Van Damme State Park Campground offers an enchanting escape, just a few miles south of the charming town of Mendocino. With campsites scattered along the Little River and perched on a ridge in the Highland Meadow, this campground provides an ideal base for outdoor enthusiasts. Indulge in the history of the area, where 68 campsites, including tent-only and environmental options, await campers eager to explore the beach, engage in water activities, and embark on hiking adventures.

Map & Reservations

Top Tips for First-Time Campers:

  • Beach Proximity: Opt for campsites within walking distance of Van Damme Beach for easy access to the stunning shoreline.
  • Site Selection: Choose between valley or meadow campsites based on your preference for proximity to the Little River or an elevated, scenic setting.
  • Nighttime Dog Care: Ensure your furry companions are attended and leashed, with nighttime confinement to a vehicle or tent from 10 PM to 6 AM.
  • Local Firewood: Purchase firewood locally to prevent the introduction of invasive insect pests and support the preservation of the campground.
  • Campground Reservations: Take advantage of the reservation system, especially for campsites 1-13, to secure your spot, especially during peak seasons.

Top Strategies and Tactics for an Enhanced Camping Experience:

  • Seasonal Wisdom: Plan your visit between late March and early September for a greater chance to reserve your preferred campsite and experience optimal weather conditions.
  • Fire Ring Etiquette: Abide by the campground regulations by limiting fires to provided fire rings, creating a cozy atmosphere while respecting the environment.
  • Beach Exploration: Explore the kayaking and scuba diving opportunities at Van Damme Beach, just steps away from your campsite.
  • Mendocino Excursions: Venture into the quaint town of Mendocino, walk along the Mendocino Headlands, and discover nearby attractions like Glass Beach and Point Arena Lighthouse.
  • Bowling Ball Beach Adventure: Take a hike to Bowling Ball Beach during low tide to witness the mesmerizing spheres of rock in the surf.

Recommendations on Camping Gear for Van Damme State Park:

  • Portable Lighting: Pack reliable illumination tools, such as LED lanterns, to enhance your camping experience during the night.
  • Coastal Clothing: Bring layered clothing to accommodate varying temperatures along the coast, ensuring comfort during cool evenings.
  • Beach Gear: If you plan on exploring Van Damme Beach, consider bringing beach essentials, such as sunscreen, hats, and swimwear.
  • Camping Cookware: Equip yourself with efficient cooking gear for delightful campsite meals, and check our gearlist account for specific recommendations.
  • Explore Our Gearlist: Check our gearlist account for specific recommendations on camp cooking, sleeping systems, overlanding setups, backpacks, and clothing, tailored to optimize your Van Damme camping experience.

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Embrace the Wonders of Mendocino:

As you settle into the serenity of Van Damme State Park Campground, embrace the proximity to Van Damme Beach, the allure of Highland Meadow, and the historical richness of Mendocino. Let the sound of waves, crackling campfires, and the tranquility of nature envelop you. Whether you seek beachside relaxation or coastal adventures, Van Damme invites you to savor the beauty of the Mendocino coast.