What? : Fort
Ross is a historical state park in Sonoma County, including the Russian fortress
trading outpost, the adjacent coastline and the nearby redwood forests.
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Link to my Picture gallery from our Feb. 2023 visit to Fort Ross:
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Where? : Located
on the Sonoma coast, 11 miles north of Jenner on Highway 1.
Due note 1 : Regular
Day Use Fees, $8.00 per car
Due note 2:
Good place to fill up gas and re-supply is at the small Fort Ross Store,
located just 2 miles north of Fort Ross on hwy 1.
My thoughts: We
decided to stop here on the way back south from Mendocino. This is a nice place
for a short visit, learn about the history of Russian society in California.
The fortress itself is nice but not something special, we went inside, took few
pictures and went for a short hike at the high cliffs above the bay.
enjoyed the stay over there, and this was a nice refreshing stop at the long
The Fort Ross
was founded in 1812 by the Russian-American Company.
Fort Ross was
the site of California's first windmills and shipbuilding. Russian scientists
associated with the colony were among the first to record California's cultural
and natural history. After few owners exchange the State of California
site in 1906.
Fort Ross, one
of the main tourist attractions between Bodega Bay and Fort Bragg, the large park
visitor center showing the Russian-era.
Today, the Fort
consists of several buildings surrounded by stockade walls. The structure of most historical interest is
the Rotchev house, this is one of the only remaining original buildings from
the Russian period.
Just near the
parking lot you can see the old Fort Ross Windmill.
The 3,400 acre
park offers historic structures visit as well as natural landscapes and hiking.
There are several hiking trails stretching north and south of the fort along
the coastal headlands.
We hiked to the
cape north of the Fort, you can find here open grasslands and scrubs, coastal steep
bluffs that drop several hundred feet into the sea below and to wide ocean view.
is to hike from the Fort down on the main park road into the sheltered Sandy
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