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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The view from Shell Beach Photo
Highway 1 and Shell Beach Road, Jenner, CA 95450

Shell Beach is a favorite location for beachcombing and tidepooling. Stewards' School Group Tide Pool Education Program offers docent-led tour tidepool tours for schools as an outdoor classroom for…

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…

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…

Ocean Cove Campground Photo
23125 Coast Highway 1, Jenner, CA 95450

Ocean Cove is a small island of private land surrounded by state and county parks. The Ocean Cove Store and Campground offers camping on the bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean and boat access to the…

Spring Release Wines Photo
10439 Highway 1, Suite A, Jenner, CA 95450

We are a boutique producer of Sonoma County wines featuring inspiring artists’ work on our labels. As a husband and wife (winemaker and artist) team we combined our passions to create a label that…