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Nestled on the Sonoma County coastline, some 12 miles away from the small town of Jenner, is an old Russian settlement also known as Fort Ross State Historic Park. Fort Ross lies on a wave-cut terrace, overlooking steep bluffs and the ocean on one side and coastal redwood forests and hills on the other.

Sonoma County campers, divers, and anglers are often found in the lower part of the park, enjoying the tranquil atmosphere of Sandy Cove beach. Those who love to observe wildlife often explore the park's forests of bishop pine, Douglas fir, and redwood. These magnificent woodlands house different animal species, like gray foxes, bobcats, mountain lions, and black-tailed hares, and keen explorers are likely to encounter them. History buffs, on the other hand, will like to investigate the buildings within the stockade walls. One of the most important structures here is the Rotchev House, former home of Alexander Rotchev, the last manager of the original Russian fort.

If you want to explore the state of California while camping at Fort Ross State Historic Park, you'll find an array of affordable RV rentals in the vicinity of the park. Some 25 miles away is the town of Guerneville. Browse the options for renting a camper there, or search for an RV in Sonoma County.

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Getting Outdoors

Camping at Fort Ross State Historic Park is a great way to spend some quality time in the great outdoors with your family, friends, and loved ones. Anglers who are 16 years or older and have a California fishing license can fish either from shore or from a kayak. You can expect to catch red perch. If you'd rather dive into deeper waters, you can also get your hands on abalone. However, bear in mind that there might be abalone closure seasons in effect, so make sure you check with the park officials before diving.

Guests are encouraged to check out the interpretive programs offered at the park to gain insight into the historical background of this former settlement. If you're planning your Fort Ross State Historic Park camping trip for July, you'll have the chance to be a part of the Fort Ross Festival and see how all of these history lessons come to life.

Birdwatching enthusiasts are regulars here as well. The park is home to various avian species like osprey, turkey vultures, red-shouldered hawk, red-tailed hawk, kestrels, herons, and other shorebirds. If you spend some time down near the coast, keep your eyes peeled for sea lions, harbor seals, and gray whales.

Camping at Fort Ross State Historic Park

Fort Ross State Historic Park only has around 20 primitive campsites. If you're planning to rent a camper near Fort Ross State Historic Park, ensure it's 18 feet long or shorter, as the campground only accommodates small RVs and trailers.

All sites are non-reservable and assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. No hookups or showers are available; however, there are flush toilets guests can use. Other amenities include drinking water and a picnic area, along with easy access to shoreline and hiking trails.

Exploring the Area

Fort Ross State Historic Park campers who need to go grocery shopping or buy fuel can find both gas stations and shops in the town of Jenner. Sonoma County is known for its award-winning wineries and vineyards, and you'll find a couple of locally owned wineries within a short drive of the park. Salt Point State Park is also just up the road if you're looking to extend your motorhome camping trip and experience more of California's beautiful coastline.

If you'd had your fill of nature and you're itching to get back to the big city, Santa Rosa is around an hour's drive from the state park campgrounds. While you're here, plan to visit some of the city's museums, like the Pacific Coast Air Museum or California Indian Museum and Cultural Center (CIMCC). Pacific Coast Air Museum features over 30 historic aircraft and provides valuable insight related to technology used to create these machines. One of the main attractions is F-15A, and one of the more interesting programs is the aviation technology classes for kids.

CIMMC's mission is to preserve the culture and tell the tale of California's indigenous peoples. The museum has an amazing education center, a lovely gift shop where you can purchase souvenirs, and unique events like pop-up shops and holiday celebrations. In case you are traveling with kids, make sure you visit the amusement park in Santa Rosa. You can hop onto thrilling rides, or play in the arcade, spend time playing mini-golf, or practice baseball in batting cages.

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