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Jack London State Historic Park
Ranked #1 of 29 things to do in Glen Ellen
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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".
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34 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
“Worth it.”
Reviewed October 10, 2013

A .6 mile walk to the ruins. Very beautiful trail with a clean portable toilet halfway to the Wolf house. Redwoods surrounded the old ruins. The main museum was nice. Very scenic.

Visited October 2013
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New Mexico
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57 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“Interesting, Great Museum”
Reviewed October 7, 2013

I didn't expect this park to be that interesting, but it was! I was pleasantly surprised to learn about some history of the area, in addition to Jack London's adventures. There are hiking trails, too.

Visited October 2013
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177 reviews
29 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 131 helpful votes
“An unproclaimed treasure”
Reviewed October 3, 2013

We had seen no publicity about this park and dropped in only because it was the right place for a rest on a journey, but what a lucky find! This interesting place, where Jack London lived his last years, showcased his pioneering attempts at organic farming as well as his literary output and travels, with good explanations and history in the museum (his wife's house, built after his death) and authentic restoration of his working study and his own cabin. We had no chance to penetrate far into the park but we found several hours worth of discovery about Jack London here.

Visited September 2013
1 Thank Cassini
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New York City, New York
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135 reviews
52 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
“Beautiful setting in which to drink the local Kool Aid.”
Reviewed September 4, 2013

The Jack London park is well situated in the hills outside Sonoma. The museum presentation as well as that in the author's home could perhaps be handled with greater objectivity. Nonetheless, this park is an interesting alternative to the region's wineries.

Visited September 2013
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Sacramento, California
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23 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Wonderful history and solitude”
Reviewed September 4, 2013

My husband and I had free passes (Groupon) so we visited the museum and walked the paths to Wolf House, Jack London's gravesite, the Lake, and the outside of his cottage (we were there too early for the tour of the inside). We had no idea he'd been such a prolific writer having just read his most popular books like White Fang and Call of the Wild. But after this visit, I gained a new respect and appreciation for his life and writings. The place has an almost magical quality to it, allowing you to feel what it must have been like back in the day.

Visited August 2013
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