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Fort Ross State Historic Park

19005 Coast Hwy One, Jenner, CA 95450
+1 707-847-3437
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Ranked #2 of 5 attractions in Jenner
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: State Parks, Historic Sites
Activities: Scuba diving
Owner description: Good news-from April 1st through September, Fort Ross is open five days a week -- Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday! Originally built by... more » Owner description: Good news-from April 1st through September, Fort Ross is open five days a week -- Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday! 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 Kashaya territory. Some of the points of interest are: 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. « less
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Fremont, California
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551 reviews 551 reviews
227 attraction reviews
659 helpful votes 659 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

Its interesting to note that Russia established this fort during the fur trade. Exploring the well preserved fort along the coast is remarkable. Its enjoyable and beautiful to walk through the area.

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3 reviews 3 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

Enjoyed walking around the fort but the gate was locked and though we could get in, we had to park our car near the road. It was a lot of walking just to get to the buildings in the fort.

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Omaha, Nebraska
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33 reviews 33 reviews
7 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014

We climbed rocks at the shoreline while several seals followed us in the water. At one point I was able to rest on the rocks with a few baby seals lounging nearby. Very pristine. The park is an old Russian settlement and there are several buildings you can enter to see how the settlers lived. The beach is one of... More

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Reno, Nevada
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

It was nice and beautiful to walk around the park and check out all the historical buildings. Would have liked to see the campground, but it was closed.

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Oregon Coast
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738 reviews 738 reviews
261 attraction reviews
1,880 helpful votes 1,880 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2014

Some of the earlier reviews reflect the California budget crunch, when many State Parks were either completely or partially closed. Fort Ross is closed Tues and Wed during the summer but open the rest of the days. We started with the Visitor's Center, which houses a very good museum and interpretive center. There is a lot of reading, but it... More

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TUCSON
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18 reviews 18 reviews
6 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2014

We camped at Salt Point State Park nearby and with our camping tag were able to also include this spot....an advantage to camping at CA state parks is that your tag gains you entry for free to all other state park sites for the next day. We took advantage and were very glad we did. The Fort Ross site includes... More

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Hercules, California
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34 reviews 34 reviews
4 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

Fort Ross is the furthest north Russian incursion back in the 19th century. It has been rebuilt, and is an excellent historic record of a little-known part of California history. One thing to know if you're an abalone diver - it's now off-limits. So I think many of those who would have visited will now look elsewhere.

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Kensington, Maryland
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24 reviews 24 reviews
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2014

One of the oldest State parks in California, the Fort Ross Park was established in 1906. The Fort Ross Colony was founded in 1812 by the Russian American Company. It was built by Russian employees of the Company, Alaskan Alutiq natives and the Kashaya band of the Pomo people the resident Native Americans. The fort operated as trapping and hunting,... More

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Sacramento, California
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70 reviews 70 reviews
27 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014

This was an interesting stop on our trip. We spent about an 1-1/2 hours here. The kids liked roaming around the fort grounds and posing for creative photo ops - canons, the water well, upper windows in the fort, etc. It was a good break from the many natural wonders (beaches, cliffs, redwood forests, etc.) that we had been enjoying... More

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Windham, New Hampshire
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36 reviews 36 reviews
13 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014

We stopped at Fort Ross as we wended our way up the coastal route and were pleasantly surprised by this historic site. The ocean views are outstanding from the fort which has been restored along with a Russian house and church inside the fort itself. A class of middle school aged children were visiting for an overnight and participating in... More

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