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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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…

Jenner Inn Photo
10400 Coast Highway 1, Jenner, CA 95450

A world apart, only minutes away! 20 unique units on the Russian River. Meeting space and private rooms for entertaining. Private dining available for all meals. Incredible natural beauty and…

Jenner Vacation Rentals Photo
Contact us directly, Jenner, CA 95450

Where Sonoma Wine Country meets the Pacific Ocean. We offer exclusive vacation rentals along the Sonoma Coast and inland. Our vacation rentals are ocean front, ocean view, river and ocean view, and…

Erinleigh by the Sea Photo
Contact us directly, Jenner, CA 95450

Erinleigh by the Sea offers a romantic couples dream at sea level. Instead of waking to the sound of traffic, this small jewel getaway shares its address with the Blue Heron, River Otters, Bald…

Jenner Inn Photo
10400 Coast Highway 1, Jenner, CA 95450

A world apart, only minutes away! 20 unique units on the Russian River. Meeting space and private rooms for entertaining. Private dining available for all meals. Incredible natural beauty and…

Ocean View Photo
21780 North Coast Highway 1, Jenner, CA 95450

With three inspiring meeting rooms, two large decks and an events lawn, Timber Cove is a breath of fresh air for your next small meeting, corporate retreat or full buy-out. Accommodating any and all…

Kortum Trail Photo
Highway 1 and Goat Rock Road, Jenner, CA 95450

The Kortum Trail connects Wright’s Beach in the south to Blind Beach in the north, which is about 4.6 miles round trip. Part of the 17-mile long Sonoma Coast State Park, the well-maintained and…

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

Casa Panama's spectacular setting is overlooking the the Russian River Estuary and Pacific Ocean with breathtaking views and sunny living areas. This well-appointed property is surrounded by thousands…