Jack London State Historic Park

October 6, 2020 UPDATE   Jack London State Historic is now open to the public. Thank you for your patience and understanding during the recent temporary closure from the Glass Fire.
Jack London SHP – Operated by Concessionaire
EFFECTIVE (October 6, 2020) - Thank you for your patience and continued support of California State Parks as we work to limit your risk for exposure to COVID-19 in the outdoors.

As a reminder, Californians are encouraged to avoid road trips and stay close to home, maintain physical distancing, wear a face covering when a physical distance of six feet from others who are not from the immediate household members cannot be maintained, and avoid congregating. Everyone has the responsibility to slow down the spread of COVID-19.
 
Here are some additional guidelines for locals visiting Jack London State Historic Park:

What is open now?
  • The historic area, trails and picnic area are available for use.

What is currently closed?
  • Visitor center and tours.
  • The museum, cottage and tours are closed until further notice due to the Sonoma County Health Order.

Are there any new visitor guidelines?
Yes, please see below:

  • Stay Safer at 6 Feet: Maintain a physical distance of 6 feet or more. Gatherings, picnics and parties are not allowed. Visitors will be asked to leave if there are too many people at the park to allow for the required physical distance.
  • Stay Clean: Be prepared. Bring soap/sanitizer and pack out all trash. Restrooms will be temporarily closed in order to keep up with cleaning schedules.
  • Stay Covered: The state now requires you to wear a face covering in most indoor settings and public outdoor spaces when you cannot maintain physical distancing of six feet or more from people outside of your immediate household. For details, please visit CDPH’s guidance here. Visitors should also abide by their local county health orders.

Statewide, California State Parks continues to work with locals on a phased and regionally-driven approach to increase access to state park units where compliance with state and local public health ordinances can be achieved. Even though the department has increased access across the State Park System, the need for Californians to slow the spread of COVID-19 in the outdoors remains critical.

For information on statewide current closures and available services, please visit parks.ca.gov/FlattenTheCurve.

Phone Number

(707) 938-5216

Park Hours

Park Hours: 9am to 5pm

Open Daily (Except Dec 25)

Dogs Allowed?

Yes
Dogs allowed only in historic zone and developed areas. Dogs not allowed in the following areas: trails, dirt roads, backcountry areas, historic buildings, and historic gardens.

Driving Directions to Jack London SHP

The historic park is at 2400 London Ranch Road in Glen Ellen, about 20 minutes north of Sonoma.
The park’s upper parking lot provides access to a picnic area, London’s cottage, stables, stone barns, silos and "pig palace."

Online reservations are not available for this park.

Upcoming Park Events

No events scheduled at this moment.

TRAIL USE
Hiking Trails
Horseback Riding
DAY-USE ACTIVITIES & FACILITIES
Historical/Cultural Site
Picnic Areas
Env. Learning/Visitor Center
Exhibits and Programs
Guided Tours
Interpretive Exhibits
Vista Point
Nature & Wildlife Viewing
Museums
Family Programs
OTHER FACILITIES & VISITOR INFORMATION
Parking
Restrooms
Drinking Water Available

Information and Fees

Park Operated by Valley of the Moon Natural History Association.

Learn more about how you can enjoy this park at:
http://www.jacklondonpark.com


Facilities and Activities
There is a museum in "The House of Happy Walls" which Mrs. London built where you will find park information, exhibits and a small sales area. A nearby trail leads to Jack London’s grave and to the remains of "Wolf House," London’s dream house which was destroyed by fire in 1913.

House of Happy Walls

There is a museum in "The House of Happy Walls" which Mrs. London built in redwood grove find park information, exhibits and a small sales area there. A nearby trail leads to Jack London’s grave and to the remains of "Wolf House," London’s dream house which was destroyed by fire in 1913.

The park contains the cottage residence where he wrote books, short stories, articles and letters while he oversaw various agricultural enterprises. Visit the Londons' Cottage to imagine what it would have been like to have been a guest at their spectacular Beauty Ranch. See where Jack prolifically wrote in order to keep his dream of developing a model farm funded. Ramble among the historic structures of the Ranch, explore the innovative "Pig Palace," discover how Jack's new approaches to farming are still relevant today.

A 3/4 mile walk takes visitors to a dam, lake, and bathhouse built by London. Other hikes lead up through fir and oak woodlands to views of the Valley of the Moon.

After London’s death, his wife, Charmian, continued to live at the ranch until her death in 1955. It was her wish that the ranch be preserved in memory of Jack London and his work.


Visit Us
Operating hours can vary seasonably, some facilities may be closed when the park is open. Please note operating hours listed on the right side this page.

Docent led tours and special events may be available, visit the link above or call park for details.

A park entrance fee is collected; $10 per vehicle. Annual passes are available. Admission to the House of Happy Walls Museum is included in the park entrance fee. The entrance fee for London's' Cottage is $3 per person and free for age 12 and under. The park is open daily (except December 25)

Drinking water will no longer be available on the trail to the Wolf House ruins. For your convenience, bottles of water may be purchased at the House of Happy Walls Museum.

Dogs are not allowed on backcountry trails. Dogs are allowed on a leash in the Historic Area only. Dogs are not permitted beyond the silos or inside the museum.

Collecting or destroying anything in the park, including mushrooms, is prohibited.

Bicycling and horseback riding are permitted on some trails.

The park contains a small picnic area. Camping is available at nearby Sugarloaf Ridge State Park.


Location/Directions
The historic park is at 2400 London Ranch Road in Glen Ellen, about a 20 minute drive north of Sonoma.

The park’s upper parking lot provides access to a picnic area, Londons' Cottage, stables, stone barns, silos and "pig palace." The Kohler & Frohling winery ruins are near the cottage.


Seasons/Climate/Recommended clothing.
The weather can be changeable; layered clothing is recommended.

 

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