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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Fort Ross Reef Photo
19005 Highway 1, Jenner, CA 95450

Fort Ross Reef is a scuba diving destination just offshore from Fort Ross State Historic Park. There is a day-use parking area for access to the beach and the reef.

Tidesong Photo
Contact us directly, Jenner, CA 95450

Arrive at Tidesong by way of a truly remarkable drive through Goat Rock State Beach from Highway 1; Breathtakingly beautiful views of both the majestic Sonoma coast and inviting Goat Rock State Beach…

Neon Fish Photo
Contact us directly, Jenner, CA 95450

Get away from the hustle and bustle of urban life at Neon Fish. On the Sonoma Coast at Neon Fish watch the weather from the expansive windows in all rooms of the house without anything obstructing the…

Salt Point State Park Beach Photo
25050 Highway 1, Jenner, CA 95450

Just below the visitor center in Salt Point State Park you will find the rocks beach called Gerstle Cove. No fishing is allowed in this area because the waters in Gerstle Cove are protected by Gerstle…

Pacific Sunset Photo
Contact us directly, Jenner, CA 95450

Pacific Sunset is located on a private lane just off the entrance road to Goat Rock State Beach. The views are truly breathtaking, awesome and inspiring. Upon arrival to Pacific Sunset, you will enjoy…

Salt Point State Park Beach Photo
25050 Highway 1, Jenner, CA 95450

Rocky promontories, panoramic views, kelp-dotted coves, and the dramatic sounds of pounding surf; open grasslands, forested hills, pristine prairies, and pygmy forests—you can experience all of these…