The historic fort at 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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Horseshoe Cove Photo
Highway 1, Jenner, CA 95450

The northernmost part of Salt Point State Park, Horseshoe Cove Beach is a remote rocky beach which wraps around the back of Horseshoe Cove below high rocky cliff faces right next to Highway 1. There…

River Lookout Photo
11032-11040 Castle Craig Way, Jenner, CA 95450

Overlooking the Russian River, Private and Secluded, 2 Bedroom, 1 Bathroom, DVD, CD Player, Satellite TV, FREE Wireless High Speed Internet, Outdoor Spa, Decks. *Pet OK. Sleeps 4.

Goat Rock Beach Photo
Highway 1 and Goat Rock Road, Jenner, CA 95450

Goat Rock, near the mouth of the Russian River, is known for its scenic shoreline and easily accessible sandy beach. Picnic tables and restroom facilities are also available. Goat Rock beach is home…

Russian Gulch Photo
18794 Highway 1, Jenner, CA 95450

Part of the Sonoma Coast State Park, Russian Gulch is a beach north of Jenner where Russian Gulch Creek flows into the Pacific Ocean. The parking lot is just north of the Highway 1 bridge over Russian…

Ocean Bluff Serenity Photo
Contact us directly, Jenner, CA 95450

Ocean Bluff Serenity offers a wonderful location and setting. Arriving is a wonderful experience. The 25 minute drive up to Timber Cove from Jenner, is one of the most scenic coastal drives in…