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“Don't leave Wine Country without seeing Jack London Park” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Jack London State Historic Park

Jack London State Historic Park
2400 London Ranch Rd., Glen Ellen, CA 95442
+1 707-938-5216
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Ranked #2 of 26 things to do in Glen Ellen
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Activities: Hiking, Biking
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Owner description: Jack London State Historic Park, comprised of 1400 acres, is the legacy of Jack London, one of America's most famous authors. The park offers historic buildings dating to the late 1870's, great scenic beauty and more than 20 miles of trails open to hikers, bikers and horseback riders. The park is open year-round, 7 days, 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. There is no camping. Day Use fee is $10/car. Historic buildings include the House of Happy Walls, the Wolf House Ruin, barns, the Cottage where Jack London lived and died and the famous "Pig Palace".
San Francisco, CA
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“Don't leave Wine Country without seeing Jack London Park”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2013

If I could give Wine Country visitors one piece of advice before they go, it would be to absolutely not miss stopping at Jack London State Park, taking a tour of London's house, walking about the museum, and walking to the gorgeous ruins of Wolf House afterwards. This is one of the most culturally interesting spots in all of Northern California with incredible hiking grounds, if one is so inclined, which is one reason London, a naturalist, settled here in the first place: it is beautiful.

Also, Jack London himself is an incredibly interesting figure whose life was what can only be described as swash-buckling. Mrs. London was also quite dashing, and seeing her wardrobe is fascinating. This is a combination of a museum, a park, and it feels like walking through a timeless movie set at times. So do go! Don't miss it. I can't recommend it enough.

Visited September 2012
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“Unique man, fine park”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2013

We went early, actually before the park opened -- had to leave the payment for the permit in a lockbox. Advantage was we walked the Jack London farmstead almost alone, with the except of a couple joggers and a woman walking her dog. We got to the farmhouse and had a "private" tour from a ranger because nobody else was there. (It was a Saturday.) Learned much about Jack London -- his progressive farming methods, lifestyle and his death from self-administering mercury to control the syphilis he thought he had. On to the lodge/museum filled with memorabilia, then a real hike to Wolf's Lair, his dream home that mysteriously burned before completion, and was never finished because London lacked the money later in life (he died young, too). This is a worthwhile place to visit. On your way back to the main highway stop at the Glen Ellen Market for its deli and find a place to picnic.

Visited November 2012
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“Wonderful, informative, and beautiful!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2013 via mobile

My sister has been raving about this park since she discovered it. When I visited her, we took a docent lead hike which was excellent. Great hiking area, nice museum about Jack's life. Park is supported by wonderful and friendly volunteers.

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“Hidden gem, great hiking and discovery.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2013 via mobile

I happened upon this park a few months ago and now I am hooked! Bought the annual membership so I could come and go as I please. This park was one of 70 parks in CA slated for closure due to budget cut backs, thank goodness a no profit organization took over the park to save it and the history contained here about one of the most prolific and well known writers. There is so much to see and learn here; I discover something new on each visit. The hiking trails are well maintained and well marked with mileage and directions. Your first stop should be the museum at the house of happy walls to learn about the life and adventures of Jack and Charmian London. Next stop should be the ruins of the Wolf house. The next series of visits should be at the beauty ranch and the trails. Take advantage of the free docent led walks at 11 and 2. They also have events, some include wine tastings at Benziger winery... Another must see! If you have mobility issues, check at the entrance gate about the tours on the special carts. Even if you can't walk to the wolf house, the docents will drive you there. The volunteers and staff are passionate about this park and it shows. Can't wait to return and dive back into the Jack London books I read as a child.

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“Beautiful, one of my favorite places”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2013

The history of one of my favorite writers combined with great hiking and outdoor spaces makes this one of my favorite parks. I would combine a trip here with the nearby Bale Grist Mill and some of the local olive oil tastings.

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