||Getting There: Fort Ross
State Historic Park
State Historic Park is located
on California's Sonoma County Coast, eleven miles north of
the town of Jenner on Highway One, and two hours' driving
time north of San Francisco. Fort Ross is located on
a wave-cut marine terrace between the ocean to the southwest
and the coastal hills to the northeast. The park contains
about 3,400 acres of spectacular wildlands.
Fort Ross offers ample parking, and
handicapped parking is available close to the fort. The
Visitor Center, restrooms and portions of the fort compound
are also handicap-accessible.
Because of service
reductions brought on by the California budget crisis, Fort
Ross's summer schedule is as follows: we are open Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays through Labor Day, as well as major holidays. Fort Ross is closed Monday through Thursday until further
Fort Ross opens at
The Fort Compound and Visitor Center closes at 4:30pm.
Fees, Hours, etc.
Regular Day Use Fees (does not
apply to special events):
Dogs: At Fort Ross,
dogs are allowed only in the main parking area, and they
must be leashed at all times.
707 847-3221 Ranger
707 847-3222 Ocean Conditions and Dive Line
Things To Do
In addition to touring the fort compound, historic orchard,
and Russian cemetery, Fort Ross State Historic Park promises
fantastic vistas, a front-row seat to the Pacific ocean, and
The Fort Ross
Visitor Center includes a museum, gift shop, and auditorium.
During normal business hours you can view an 18-minute
documentary on the history of Fort Ross.
Call House Museum,
an early California ranch era house, is open for guided
tours the first weekend of each month from 1pm-4pm.
Picnicking: At Fort
Ross, picnic facilities are located near the Visitor Center
parking lot, next to the historic Call Ranch House to the
west, within the fort compound and at Fort Ross Sandy Cove.
Visitors may walk to Sandy Cove, a protected beach just
below the fort, and along the coastal terrace above the Fort
Ross North Cove. Ocean access points with unpaved parking
are located at Windermere Point one mile north of the park
entrance, and on the marine terrace which can be reached by
way of the Reef Campground entrance two miles south of the
fort. During open seasons abalone and rock fish may be found
in the coastal waters. Scuba divers can explore the wreck of
the S.S.Pomona, a unique example of the 19th century
maritime history that sunk just offshore.
All natural and
cultural features in the park are protected.
Please mention that you're coming to Fort Ross when making
Timber Cove Inn, less than 10 minutes
north of Fort Ross.
Fort Ross Lodge, less than 10 minutes
north of Fort Ross.
Sea Ranch, 45 minutes north of Fort
Jenner Inn, 25 minutes south of Fort
River's End, Jenner, 45 minutes south
of Fort Ross.
Bodega Bay, 1 hour south of Fort Ross
on Hwy One, has numerous hotels as well.
Timber Cove Boat Landing, Brenda Verno:
they manage a few rental houses in the area:
Reliable Home Management, Aliscia
Frost: rents vacation houses in the area 707/632-3425
Raymond's Bakery and Elim Grove Cabins:
Or try the various towns along the
Russian River: Duncan's Mills, Monte Rio, Guerneville,
Timber Cove Campground and RV Park:
Gualala River Redwood Park,
Ocean Cove; first come, first served:
Casini Ranch Family Campgrounds, four
miles inland from Jenner, 800/451-8400
Stillwater Cove Park reservations:
707/565-2267 [Monday through Friday 10am-3pm]
Gualala Point Regional Park, one mile
south of Gualala, 707/565-2267
Doran Regional Park, one mile south of
Bodega Bay, reservations, 707/565-2267
Salt Point State Park reservations:
There are 109 family campsites at Salt
Point State Park. Thirty sites are on the ocean side of the
highway at Gerstle Cove Campground, and 79 sites are on the
east side of the highway at Woodside Campground.
Woodside Campground is now open for the summer season, and
it includes one group camp. For more information on Gerstle
Cove & Woodside campgrounds at Salt Pt: 707/847-3221.
Sonoma County campground reservations: