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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 #1 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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Capistrano Beach, California
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

Unfortunately Fort Ross was closed when we stopped by. We hiked in for a little self guided tour. It is beautiful but just not sure if it was closed on that particular day or their are certain day's its open or closed for construction. Beautiful place, was quiet and serene!

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San Francisco, California
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9 reviews 9 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

I love stopping in again and again to revel in the history of Russians failing to thrive in what seems like paradise and of the Inuit hunters that accompanied them.

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

I spent a few hours hiking in the park with my young son and we had a lot of fun. To help keep my son engaged and entertained during our hike, I found an interesting iPhone app called "Git Your Goat." It lets you create a lot of goats along the trail and when you reach the spot with a... More

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Berkeley, California
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

What a fascinating place and great for photography--both because of the structures and the incredible variable light coming from the ocean and fog.

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Irvine CA
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

Fort Ross State Historic Park is worth a brief stop when driving Route 1 from San Francisco to Fort Bragg. One does not normally think of Russians among the early settlers of the Pacific Coast of North America but Fort Ross provides some interesting insight to the Russian exploration of North America,

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SF Bay Area
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

The fort represents a time of history that I know very little about, so I found it very interesting. It was a beautiful day, so it was nice to wander through the fort.

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Fremont, California
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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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sarichka_1812, Public Relations Manager at Fort Ross State Historic Park, responded to this review

Hello mini, Thank you for your review. There are many wonderful areas to walk within our park, up to the historic cemetery, from Sandy Cove to Reef Campground, etc. I'm glad you got to experience them. A bit of good news from Fort Ross, we are now open Thursday through Monday 10 am- 430 pm until Labor Day 2014! We... More

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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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sarichka_1812, Public Relations Manager at Fort Ross State Historic Park, responded to this review

Hello kellenwyman, Thank you for your review. It sounds like you were here on one of our (then) many closed days. So sorry to hear. A bit of good news from Fort Ross, we are now open Thursday through Monday 10 am- 430 pm until Labor Day 2014! We are all so pleased to be open more days for our... More

Omaha, Nebraska
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35 reviews 35 reviews
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20 helpful votes 20 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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sarichka_1812, Public Relations Manager at Fort Ross State Historic Park, responded to this review

Hello CletusMaximus, Thank you for your review. Great to see how far some of our guests come from! The beaches here really are magical. So glad you were able to have such a special experience with the seals! A bit of good news from Fort Ross, we are now open Thursday through Monday 10 am- 430 pm until Labor Day... More

Reno, Nevada
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6 reviews 6 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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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sarichka_1812, Public Relations Manager at Fort Ross State Historic Park, responded to this review

Hello Deserea, Thank you for your review. I'm sorry to hear Reef Campground was still closed when you visited. You just missed it. The campground is now open on a first come first serve basis. A bit of good news from Fort Ross, we are now open Thursday through Monday 10 am- 430 pm until Labor Day 2014! We are... More

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