Fort Ross

Fort Ross

Fort Ross on the Sonoma Coast is steeped in California history, from the native tribes to Russian fur trappers (1812-41), to Spanish and Mexican ranchos. Each year the Cultural Heritage Festival celebrates these diverse peoples and their trades. Nearby Salt Point State Park, Kruse Rhododendron State Natural Reserve, and Timber Cove promise breathtaking scenery.

Fort Ross State Historic Park provides a peek into the past, primarily with reconstructed buildings that recall the once-thriving Russian fur trading colony. The park museum provides details about the three main eras of Fort Ross — Kashaya Indian, Russian, and Spanish rancho.

Other activities along this scenic coastal region include wine tasting, beach walking, hiking, picnicking, and more.

Nearby Stillwater Cove Regional Park offers pleasant campsites with more than two miles of easy trails.

And a few miles north of Fort Ross, the Timber Cove Resort features a 93-foot obelisk sculpture by renowned artist Benny Bufano. 

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Jenner Visitors Center Boat Ramp Photo
10451 CA-1, Jenner, CA 95450

Where the Russian River meets the Pacific Ocean. Owned by the state of California and run by the parks department, this launching area has a visitors center and leads into the Russian River.

Sandy Cove Beach at Fort Ross State Historic Park Photo
19005 Highway 1, Jenner, CA 95450

Sandy Beach Cove lies below Fort Ross. The principal port of the settlement remained 19 miles to the south at Port Rumiantsev (Bodega Bay). There was frequent travel and transport of goods between…

camp Photo
21350 Coast Highway 1, Jenner, CA 95450

Timber Cove is a calm pacific ocean cove with easy access in one of the most beautiful locations on earth! The rugged north coast of Sonoma County California offers excellent boating, fishing and…

Jenner Beach Photo
11048 Highway 1, Jenner, CA 95450

On the north side of the mouth of the Russian River is Jenner Beach. There are a few steep paths that lead down to this driftwood-covered beach.

Stump Beach Photo
25050 Highway 1, Jenner, CA 95450

Stump Beach is another picnic area in Salt Point State Park that offers one of the few sandy beaches north of Jenner. There are a few picnic tables near the parking lot and a primitive toilet with no…

River View Cottage Photo
Contact us directly, Jenner, CA 95450

Relaxing Retreat...River View Cottage is the perfect accommodation for a couple, small family or friends. Watch as the colors change over the river as the sun goes down. Enjoy the beautiful private…