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Fort Ross State Historic Park

19005 Coast Highway One, Jenner, CA 95450
+1 707-847-3437
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Fort Ross State Historic Park Walking Tour
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As of November 3rd, we are open only on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, and Mondays (closed on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays) through March 15th. In addition we are open on state holidays: January 1 & 19, February 16, March 31, May 25, July 4th, September 7, November 11, Closed Thanksgiving & Christmas Day. Open December 22nd, 23rd, 24th and from December 26th to January 2nd. Because of Sacramento budget cuts, our days of operations vary with the season. Originally built by Russians in 1812, Fort Ross became a state park in 1909. Today the 3,400 acre park offers pristine natural landscapes as well as historic structures and exhibits that bring to life the former Imperial Russian settlement, early California Ranch era, and the Kashia territory. Our visitor center showcases a museum, bookshop, and an 18-minute video introducing the park's history. Some points of interest: Russian Orthodox chapel, replica Russian-style windmill, historic buildings and exhibits, cannons, historic cemetery and orchard, and a San Andreas Fault marker. You can also enjoy Sandy Cove Beach and numerous trails. Activities include hiking, swimming, marine mammal watching, and more.
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Hours Today: 10:00 am - 4:30 pm
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
19005 Coast Highway One, Jenner, CA 95450
+1 707-847-3437
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My wife and I visited last weekend. What a fascinating place. Loved the visitors center. Lot's of information about the history - well presented. Kept our interest. The handicapped accessible trail to the fort was perfect. Easily accommodated my wife's scooter. Even in the fort...More

Thank M5299TPjohnp
Reviewed 20 November 2017

Had not been here in quite a while (12++ years?). The improvements since the last visit were nice - nice parking lot, visitor center, paved pathway to the fort. The fort itself is always great to walk through. We were lucky to have a docent...More

Thank Jeff2Summit
Reviewed 12 November 2017

Amazing views are what make this park memorable. It was windy and overcast the day we visited but it was still spectacular. No amenities other than rest rooms so bring your own food if you plan to stay for a few hours which you easily...More

Thank I7990PRdonnat
Reviewed 10 November 2017

It's easy to spend a few hours looking at the old fort and reading about the first Russian Settlement in California

Thank surbiker
Reviewed 17 October 2017

Fort Ross is unique in that is the only Russian colonial outpost in the Americas outside of Alaska and it was the main settlement of a colony that controlled most of the coastal region of what is now Sonoma County. This sole Russian colony in...More

Thank jenedc2016
Reviewed 8 October 2017

We drove up here from the Jenner area while on vacation. An interesting spot to see and nice view of the ocean from outside the fort also. Huge tree outside the fort on the ocean side to see! The drive up from Jenner has beautiful...More

Thank anneenna2
Reviewed 3 October 2017

This is an interesting self guided walking tour. Entrance fee per car is 8.00 unless a senior over 62 for a fee of 7.00. Best spent money if you have been curious about the fort. I've driven past it for years and just stopped to...More

Thank Debbie B
Reviewed 2 October 2017

Apparently this is one of California's first state parks. It's a somewhat barren wooden fort with four buildings in it, only one of which is original (the others are good recreations). The visitor center provides good background on the Russian history in California that may...More

Thank Mike P
Reviewed 26 September 2017

Just a short drive up the coast from Bodega Bay is a gem of a state park, and one that I knew little about. Fort Ross was established in 1812 by the Russians to supply their colonists in Alaska with food and furs. The fort...More

Thank deepsee1
Reviewed 24 September 2017 via mobile

My husband and I visited while we were in the area for a family wedding. It was just a few minute drive from the wedding venue (Timber Cove). We had planned to do a quick walk through but ended up joining a tour that turned...More

Thank jkpeters
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13 December 2015|
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Response from FortRoss_1812 | Property representative |
Dogs are allowed only in the main parking lot and on the short service road that travels between the parking lot and the fort compound. Dogs are not allowed at the beach nor inside the fort compound.
31 December 2014|
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Response from FortRoss_1812 | Property representative |
Yes. Fort Ross now has ADA trails from the visitor center to the fort compound. We also have one beach wheelchair that we can loan to visitors for the day. There are ADA accessible picnic areas and the compound itself now... More
31 December 2014|
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Response from Dennis S | Reviewed this property |
It's limited, but will improve in the future.