The area has many, high quality outdoor opportunities. There are gentle to strenuous hiking trails that meander for miles through varied forest ecosystems or along the rugged coastline. Children of all ages delight in exploring the delicate tide pools thriving with colorful sea anemones and purple sea stars. Whale watching, picnicking, mushroom foraging, fishing, and abalone diving continue to beckon guests to our coast. We offer maps and guides of the area.
Fort Ross State Historic Park...approximately two miles south. Over 3,000 acres that includes a wonderful visitor's center with interpretive exhibits, a museum bookstore, heirloom gardens, hiking trails, sheltered Sandy Cove Beach, and great ocean views.
Salt Point State Park...approximately 4 miles to our north...over 6,000 acres, that includes one of California's first underwater parks, and also hosts a friendly visitor's center offering plant identification walks and activities for children. See the sandstone that played a vital role in the construction of San Francisco in the 1800s. The park has more than 20 miles of hiking and equestrian trails.
Kruse Rhododendron State Natural Reserve: Adjoins Salt Point State Park with 3 miles of pristine hiking trails. Beginning in late April the reserve comes to life as the beautiful pink Rhododendron blossoms appear throughout the redwood forest.
*Pets & bicycles are not permitted on these trails.
Whale Watching: The excitement is contagious during whale season. Join others who head west to view the annual whale migration. Grey Whales migrate south between November and January to birth, and return with their new calves between February and April. Look for the distinctive big blow, followed by the little blow of the young calf.
Fishing and Diving: A myriad of fish species live in our coastal waters. This is a very good spot for surf, spear, and rod & reel fishing. Abalone aficionados come out in full force April 1st when the season opens. For more information on fishing and diving regulations, contact the Department of Fish and Game @ www.dfg.ca.gov
Mushroom Foraging: The North Coast is well known for its seasonal, wild mushroom hunting. Intrepid foragers arrive in the area a few weeks after the first rains in late fall, as the area literally comes alive with an abundance of delicious wild fungi. Imagine finding Golden Chanterelles, Black Trumpets or Porcini on the trail.
Sunday Morning Market: On Sunday mornings, weather permitting, the Fort Ross School hosts a little community market. Savor local honey, fruits and veggies in season, homemade tamales and spring rolls. There is always hot coffee, sweet treats, and good conversation.