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Fort Ross State Historic Park

19005 Coast Highway One, Jenner, CA 95450
+1 707-847-3437
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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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19005 Coast Highway One, Jenner, CA 95450
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"visitor center"
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"interesting history"
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"living quarters"
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"north america"
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"native californian"
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"coastal highway"
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"beach access"
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"history lesson"
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"timber cove"
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"gift shop"
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"fascinating place"
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"natural beauty"
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"the pacific ocean"
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"well worth the stop"
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This place was just awesome. Great to learn the history of the place, Building were fun to explore and being next to the ocean never a bad time.

Thank ragbone2016
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Reviewed 19 March 2018

Clearly the Russians and the Alaskans knew a good spot when they found one. Great piece of history that most Americans are un aware of. An outpost in California that almost became Russian territory! Check out the awesome wood construction on the buildings. Plus the...More

Thank Roger E
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Reviewed 5 March 2018

Over 50 years as a native Californian, I've spent many miles (and many dollars) exploring our wonderful State Parks. I know I'm so lucky to be living here, I just LOVE exploring our natural beauty! So its almost with SADNESS that I have to say...More

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Reviewed 4 March 2018

history, views ... everything but dining ;o). While the War of 1812 was happening on the east coast, the Russian American Company advanced south from Alaska to California. this historic park documents this period plus prior and later area history. Bonus: great coastal views from...More

Thank OldMiquel
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Reviewed 3 March 2018 via mobile

We enjoyed the beautiful views the buildings and the history of the Russian camp. The walk from the parking lot is gorgeous - it is steep and it is usually windy. The buildings are so interesting as they are rustic and are a museum of...More

Thank luckytamera
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Reviewed 7 February 2018

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
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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
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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
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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
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Reviewed 30 October 2017

Fort Ross is located directly next to Highway 1 close to the small town Jenner and about 1 day north of San Francisco. Once you reached this point you will park your car and have to walk through a forrest about 0.5 mile to the...More

Thank Dirk R
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msb16
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.
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michaeldmcintyre
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
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michaeldmcintyre
31 December 2014|
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Response from Dennis S | Reviewed this property |
It's limited, but will improve in the future.
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