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“Beautiful walking trails”

Fort Ross State Historic Park
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Fort Ross State Historic Park Walking Tour
Ranked #1 of 8 things to do in Jenner
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: As of November 3rd, we are open only on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, and Mondays (closed on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays) through March 15th. In addition we are open on state holidays: January 1 & 19, February 16, March 31, May 25, July 4th, September 7, November 11, Closed Thanksgiving & Christmas Day. Open December 22nd, 23rd, 24th and from December 26th to January 2nd. Because of Sacramento budget cuts, our days of operations vary with the season. 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 Kashia territory. Our visitor center showcases a museum, bookshop, and an 18-minute video introducing the park's history. Some points of interest: 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.
Grass Valley, California
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“Beautiful walking trails”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 21, 2013

I have been to Fort Ross many years ago on a field trip with one of my children, unfortunately I cannot tell you how it was on this most recent trip. We pulled up to the park on a Monday only to find the gate closed. The sign on the gate said that the fort was open on weekends only but the park was open Monday thru Sunday from dawn till dusk. We decided to park on the road and walk in. Imagine our surprise to see cars in the parking lot! There were volunteers working on parts of the park and park employees were doing some tree trimming. The fort was indeed closed so we did not get to go inside but did walk around the grounds. I'm assuming this is due to either it being the off season or the State of CA has hacked more of the State Parks program or both.

Visited November 2013
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sarichka_1812, Public Relations Manager at Fort Ross State Historic Park, responded to this review, April 10, 2014
Hi Aileen,

Thank you for your review. I'm sorry to hear you came on a day we were closed. We have been operating under "service reductions" since the budget crisis of 2009, and it's been very hard for all of us. But the good news is that finally the gates are unlocked, and we are now open five days a week(Thursday - Monday) through Labor Day 2014. Would you please consider updating your review so we are not penalized for the closures? We are a small nonprofit that supports Fort Ross, and these reviews are important to us. Thanks for all your support!

We hope to see you again this year,

Best,

Sondra K Hunter
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Cedar Falls, Iowa
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“Very interesting place to visit with significant history”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 22, 2013

This is a great place to visit if you have an interest in history, or just want a great ocean view and a walk. The beautifully maintained grounds and buildings preserve a former important era for all to enjoy, and the visitor center also offers a great movie and exhibits. This is an especially good stop if you have children given the wide open spaces and access to the buildings, but would be fun for anybody. Unfortunately, due to California budget cuts, this may not be open if you are coming through during the week, so be sure to confirm ahead of time.

Visited October 2013
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sarichka_1812, Public Relations Manager at Fort Ross State Historic Park, responded to this review, July 12, 2014
Hello CFMWvisitor,

Thank you for your review. I am so happy to hear you felt our grounds were well kept, and our visitor center informative. Thank you.

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 your support!

Best,

Sondra Hunter
Fort Ross Conservancy
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Sydney, Australia
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“Informative journey back in time”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 2, 2013

To walk through Fort Ross was a wonderful step back I. Time, we were fortunate that a guide there opened the store and room us back in time, looking at the forts store, how the Russians traded supplies with passing sailors and how they worked with the alaskans

Visited September 2013
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sarichka_1812, Public Relations Manager at Fort Ross State Historic Park, responded to this review, July 12, 2014
Hello travelbug1959,

Thank you for your review. I am so pleased you enjoyed your visit to Fort Ross all the way from Australia!

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 your support!

Best,

Sondra Hunter
Fort Ross Conservancy
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California
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“Fascinating look into Sonoma Coast history.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 2, 2013

We spent three hours wandering the grounds of Fort Ross, which is beautifully maintained. The museum is very well presented, with lots of information about the Russian presence, lumber business, and the Native American history of the coast. I was especially impressed by the detailed sea charts made by the Russian explorers and used by nearly everyone who followed for safe navigation. Easy access, great history lesson!

Visited October 2013
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sarichka_1812, Public Relations Manager at Fort Ross State Historic Park, responded to this review, July 12, 2014
Dear Winterfield,

Thank you for such a positive review. I am so happy to hear you were impressed by our clean grounds and informative Visitor Center. Thank you.

I hope you are able to come back again some day.

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 your support!

Best,

Sondra Hunter
Fort Ross Conservancy
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Ventura, CA
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“California's Russian history”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 29, 2013

My wife and I were pleasantly surprised by this bit of history which was previously unknown to us. We learned about Russia's attempt to establish a permanent trade post on California's coast in support of their Alaskan colonization attempts.

The fort has been recreated around one original building left from the time period. We were able to see and experience what it must have been like to live there during that time period. While we were there, we heard some visitors who we thought were speaking in Russian to each other, which gave an air of authenticity to our visit. There is a small museum/gift shop at the entrance and we learned about the Alaskan Inuits who were brought to the area by the Russians to be their workforce.

Fort Ross is an excellent place, if you like to learn about history, and we highly recommend a visit to it.

Visited September 2013
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sarichka_1812, Public Relations Manager at Fort Ross State Historic Park, responded to this review, July 12, 2014
Dear CA2rista,

Thank you for your review and pictures. I see from them you were here on a beautiful day. Great 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 your support!

Best,

Sondra Hunter
Fort Ross Conservancy
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