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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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SF Bay Area
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143 reviews 143 reviews
70 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014 NEW

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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354 attraction reviews
686 helpful votes 686 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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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

NY
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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34 reviews 34 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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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
5 helpful votes 5 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

Oregon Coast
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266 attraction reviews
1,911 helpful votes 1,911 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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sarichka_1812, Public Relations Manager at Fort Ross State Historic Park, responded to this review

Hello half-Brit, Thank you for the great review! It's wonderful to finally see our current open status reflected in our reviews. Thank you for being the first one!! I will add for others to read, in case they missed it: A bit of good news from Fort Ross, we are now open Thursday through Monday 10 am- 430 pm until... More

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

Hello copilotpreston, Thank you for your review. Great tip! It's not just for campers though, if one pays to get in one State Park, they can use that same tag to get in to any for the rest of the day. Something I find few visitors know. A bit of good news from Fort Ross, we are now open Thursday... More

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

Hello PhantomPhlyer, Thank you for your review. That's the first time I've seen any mention of abalone diving here, and I think that's an excellent piece of info to share for future guests. It's true, it is closed. We are trying to give them a rest due to their die off a year + ago. Thank you again. A bit... More

Kensington, Maryland
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24 reviews 24 reviews
10 attraction reviews
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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sarichka_1812, Public Relations Manager at Fort Ross State Historic Park, responded to this review

Hello HarryKidd, Thank you for your review and lovely pictures. Well done, with the short history and tips for future guests. 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 visitors. Thanks for all... More

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

Hello Byrd11, Thank you for your review. Great tip, watching the film first is the perfect way to start ones visit to Fort Ross. Gives one a much better understanding of what they see down the path. A bit of good news from Fort Ross, we are now open Thursday through Monday 10 am- 430 pm until Labor Day 2014!... More

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