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Fort Ross State Historic Park
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Fort Ross State Historic Park Walking Tour
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Guided Kayak Tour on Russian River
Ranked #1 of 8 things to do in Jenner
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: As of November 3rd, we are open only on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, and Mondays (closed on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays) through March 15th. In addition we are open on state holidays: January 1 & 19, February 16, March 31, May 25, July 4th, September 7, November 11, Closed Thanksgiving & Christmas Day. Open December 22nd, 23rd, 24th and from December 26th to January 2nd. Because of Sacramento budget cuts, our days of operations vary with the season. Originally built by Russians in 1812, Fort Ross became a state park in 1909. Today the 3,400 acre park offers pristine natural landscapes as well as historic structures and exhibits that bring to life the former Imperial Russian settlement, early California Ranch era, and the Kashia territory. Our visitor center showcases a museum, bookshop, and an 18-minute video introducing the park's history. Some points of interest: Russian Orthodox chapel, replica Russian-style windmill, historic buildings and exhibits, cannons, historic cemetery and orchard, and a San Andreas Fault marker. You can also enjoy Sandy Cove Beach and numerous trails. Activities include hiking, swimming, marine mammal watching, and more.
Reviewed 29 May 2014

It was nice and beautiful to walk around the park and check out all the historical buildings. Would have liked to see the campground, but it was closed.

Thank Deserea
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sarichka_1812, Public Relations Manager at Fort Ross State Historic Park, responded to this reviewResponded 12 July 2014

Hello Deserea,

Thank you for your review. I'm sorry to hear Reef Campground was still closed when you visited. You just missed it. The campground is now open on a first come first serve basis.

A bit of good news from Fort Ross, we are now open Thursday through Monday 10 am- 430 pm until Labor Day 2014!
We are all so pleased to be open more days for our visitors.
Thanks for all your support!

Best,

Sondra Hunter
Fort Ross Conservancy

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Reviewed 23 May 2014

Some of the earlier reviews reflect the California budget crunch, when many State Parks were either completely or partially closed. Fort Ross is closed Tues and Wed during the summer but open the rest of the days.

We started with the Visitor's Center, which houses a very good museum and interpretive center. There is a lot of reading, but it does an excellent job of describing the complete history of this interesting fort. There are some great old artifacts such as some hardware bits from the original fort, as well as a 200+ year old cannon. The display about the shipwreck of the S.S. Pomona has little to do with the fort but was interesting. We spent probably an hour in this section.

Outside, there is only one original building, which has changed over the years. We couldn't quite match up the old photos (it was supposedly an 'inn' for awhile) with the building we walked in, as it didn't seem to be laid out right for an inn, even years ago! Regardless, it was interesting to see the huge hand hewn logs here.

The rest of the buildings are reproductions, and they are very well done. It was raining hard when we were there so we didn't wander around too much. We walked back to the parking area via old highway 1. The road was re-routed about 40 or so years ago but we could still see the center line! If you have a handicapped plaque, you can drive down and park right next to the fort.

Cost is $8 per car, and you self pay at the entrance booth. Definitely worth a visit!

1  Thank half-Brit
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sarichka_1812, Public Relations Manager at Fort Ross State Historic Park, responded to this reviewResponded 12 July 2014

Hello half-Brit,

Thank you for the great review! It's wonderful to finally see our current open status reflected in our reviews. Thank you for being the first one!!

I will add for others to read, in case they missed it:

A bit of good news from Fort Ross, we are now open Thursday through Monday 10 am- 430 pm until Labor Day 2014!
We are all so pleased to be open more days for our visitors.
Thanks for all your support!

Best,

Sondra Hunter
Fort Ross Conservancy

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Reviewed 22 May 2014

We camped at Salt Point State Park nearby and with our camping tag were able to also include this spot....an advantage to camping at CA state parks is that your tag gains you entry for free to all other state park sites for the next day. We took advantage and were very glad we did. The Fort Ross site includes mostly reconstructed buildings but also one original Russian log building....hand hewn logs all over the site and so you can love the construction in addition to the incredible views of the Pacific, sounds of seals on nearby rocks, and gorgeous flowers everywhere. Oh, the Fort provides a fascinating history of Russian settlement in early CA. Beautiful spot!

Thank copilotpreston
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sarichka_1812, Public Relations Manager at Fort Ross State Historic Park, responded to this reviewResponded 12 July 2014

Hello copilotpreston,

Thank you for your review. Great tip! It's not just for campers though, if one pays to get in one State Park, they can use that same tag to get in to any for the rest of the day. Something I find few visitors know.

A bit of good news from Fort Ross, we are now open Thursday through Monday 10 am- 430 pm until Labor Day 2014!
We are all so pleased to be open more days for our visitors.
Thanks for all your support!

Best,

Sondra Hunter
Fort Ross Conservancy

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Reviewed 13 May 2014

Fort Ross is the furthest north Russian incursion back in the 19th century. It has been rebuilt, and is an excellent historic record of a little-known part of California history.

One thing to know if you're an abalone diver - it's now off-limits. So I think many of those who would have visited will now look elsewhere.

Thank PhantomPhlyer
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sarichka_1812, Public Relations Manager at Fort Ross State Historic Park, responded to this reviewResponded 12 July 2014

Hello PhantomPhlyer,

Thank you for your review. That's the first time I've seen any mention of abalone diving here, and I think that's an excellent piece of info to share for future guests. It's true, it is closed. We are trying to give them a rest due to their die off a year + ago.

Thank you again.

A bit of good news from Fort Ross, we are now open Thursday through Monday 10 am- 430 pm until Labor Day 2014!
We are all so pleased to be open more days for our visitors.
Thanks for all your support!

Best,

Sondra Hunter
Fort Ross Conservancy

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Reviewed 9 May 2014

One of the oldest State parks in California, the Fort Ross Park was established in 1906. The Fort Ross Colony was founded in 1812 by the Russian American Company. It was built by Russian employees of the Company, Alaskan Alutiq natives and the Kashaya band of the Pomo people the resident Native Americans. The fort operated as trapping and hunting, and a agricultural supply of the Russian colonies and outposts in Alaska. The Company operated the fort from 1812 until 1842.
That's the history, today the fort has been recreated and is a very interesting insight into life of the Russians and Native Americans in Northern California - before it became part of the United States. I highly recommend a visit by young and old alike. There is a small museum that traces the history of the area and a circuit path that takes you through the site. Parking fee $8.00

Thank HarryKidd
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sarichka_1812, Public Relations Manager at Fort Ross State Historic Park, responded to this reviewResponded 12 July 2014

Hello HarryKidd,

Thank you for your review and lovely pictures. Well done, with the short history and tips for future guests.

A bit of good news from Fort Ross, we are now open Thursday through Monday 10 am- 430 pm until Labor Day 2014!
We are all so pleased to be open more days for our visitors.
Thanks for all your support!

Best,

Sondra Hunter
Fort Ross Conservancy

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