Activities at Ross
Fort Ross State Historic Park provides a wide range of
recreational opportunities for all ages and abilities. In
addition to its fantastic cultural history, Fort Ross State Historic Park promises fantastic vistas, a
front-row seat to the Pacific ocean, and more. Stop by the Visitor Center to pick up a map or speak to one of our resident experts.
Guided private tours that covers any of the areas below are also available.
Tour the Historic Compound, home to numerous
reconstructed Russian-era buildings as well as the Russian-era
built Rotchev House. On most weekends usually at 12pm and 2pm, California State Parks staff offer free 30-minute historic talks in the compound.
Visit the Fort Ross cemetery,
a 20+ minute walk from the historic compound on an unpaved
Hike to the historic orchard.
Take a 30-minute walk up Fort Ross Road to visit the orchard,
home of Russian-era and Ranch-era fruit trees. Or visit during a
volunteer work day and lend a hand in preserving this living
Walk across the San Andreas Fault
and look for signs of the 1906 temblor.
Enjoy a picnic. At Fort Ross, ADA-accessible picnic
facilities are located near the Visitor Center parking lot.
Picnic tables are also available next to the historic Call Ranch
House to the west, within the fort compound, and at Fort Ross
Enjoy ocean access:
- Visitors may walk to Sandy
Cove, a protected beach just below the fort. The north
side of the cove offers tide pooling during low tide, but
please do not pick up or otherwise disturb the marine life.
- Ocean access is also available along the coastal terrace
above the Fort Ross North Cove.
- Ocean access with unpaved parking are also located at
Windermere Point one mile north of the park entrance, and on
the marine terrace which can be reached by way of Reef
Campground entrance two miles south of the fort.
Walk the bluffs and look for
marine mammals. Fort Ross is host to harbor seals,
Steller Sea Lions, and California Sea Lions. Take a walk north
of the parking lot to check out Sea Lion Rocks. Fort Ross
Conservancy offers marine mammal monitoring and training, so let
us know if you're interested in volunteering.
Try your hand at fishing: When in season, visitors with
valid fishing licenses can fish for rockfish from the shore and
Catch your dinner: Diving for Red Abalone is open at
certain places of the park's coast when in season. California
Department of Fish and Wildlife regulates the abalone and other
fisheries within the park.
Explore a shipwreck: Certified scuba divers can explore the
wreck of the S.S. Pomona, a
ship that sank more than 100 years ago and now sits in
approximately forty feet of water just off Fort Ross Cove.
Accessibility: The Day Use parking lot, Visitor Center,
Fort Ross Interpretive Trail, and the Call House Trail are all
accessible. The fort compound has limited accessibility to all
buildings. There are accessible restrooms at the visitor center
and the fort compound.
Visit the Fort Ross Visitor Center
including its museum, sales area, and auditorium. During normal
business hours you can view an 18-minute documentary on the
history of Fort Ross.
Learn about the Ranch era by visiting the
Call House Museum, an early
California ranch era house, open for guided tours the first
weekend of each month from 1pm-4pm.
Guides by EveryTrail.com:
Note: All natural and cultural features in the park are
Fort Ross Conservancy, 19005
Coast Highway One, Jenner, CA 95450, 707-847-3437