Kayaks in the coastal town Jenner

Jenner

Perched on a bluff high above where the Russian River meets the sea, the coastal village of Jenner (pop. 136) offers stunning vistas, spectacular sunsets, and a chance to connect with nature along the Sonoma County coast.

Each spring the competition between the ocean waves and the river's flow creates a large sand spit at the mouth of the river, creating the Russian River Estuary, home to Pacific harbor seals, brown pelicans, ospreys, great blue herons, and other wildlife.

Located on the northern edge of the estuary, below the bluffs, the Jenner Visitors Center provides interpretative displays and a nature store.

Along the coast on the southern edge of the estuary, Goat Rock State Beach offers a scenic shoreline, an easily assessable sandy beach, and the chance to picnic or comb the beach for washed-up treasures.

There are several restaurants in town and scattered along the coast, many with spectacular views. There are two lodges in town — Jenner Inn provides a range of rooms and suites, as well as two vacation homes, and River's End Inn & Restaurant, overlooking the river and ocean, offers six cabins and a restaurant, for an off-the-grid romantic escape. Vacation rentals are also available in the area, and three other lodges are a short drive away along the coast. 

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Vista Point Overlook
14046 Highway 1, Jenner, CA 95450

Vista Point is the northernmost point of the 17-mile long Sonoma Coast State Park located 4 miles north of Jenner. There is no beach access, simply a gorgeous view along the one-mile long hiking…

Fisk Mill Cove
Highway 1 and Kruse Ranch Road, Jenner, CA 95450

Fisk Mill Cove is a day use area of Salt Point State Park that provides picnickers with paved parking, picnic tables, small upright barbeques, restrooms, and drinking water. Additionally, the bishop…

Horseshoe Cove
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…

Stump Beach
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…

Russian Gulch
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…

Jenner Headlands Preserve
Highway 1, Jenner, CA 95450

Jenner Headlands is a spectacular 5,630-acre mosaic of redwood and Douglas fir forests, oak woodland, chaparral, and coastal prairie overlooking the Pacific Ocean. The property adjoins Pacific Coast…