Jack London State Historic Park, Glen Ellen

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  • Jack London was a writer, adventurer, social activist, agricultural pioneer, innovator - and quite handsome! This vast park was originally London's Beauty Ranch. In addition to the gorgeous...  more »
  • Beautiful grounds and very interesting. The volunteers were very knowledgeable and pleasant. I’m glad we got to visit during our trip to Sonoma. Also visit the grocery store at the bottom of the hill....  more »
  • So it starts with Jack London, the most famous American writer, journalist and photographer of the early twentieth century. Although originally from Oakland, Jack moved to The Valley of the Moon when....  more »
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  • If you liked any of Jack London’s book you must come to this beautiful place to learn more about this extraordinary man with an extraordinary life. Did you know he was one of the first white men to learn surfing? He also had so many love stories, there is a whole book dedicated to his women. If you come on Sun, you might catch a volunteer playing an original 1901 Steinway grand piano that belonged to London’s wife. 🐕 dogs are allowed everywhere except the inside the buildings. $10 🚘 entrance Check out the museum, Jack’s grave, Wolf House and bran ruins, also a cottage ($3 entry, 2-4pm)
  • "I would rather be ashes than dust! I would rather that my spark should burn out in a brilliant blaze than it should be stifled by dry-rot. I would rather be a superb meteor, every atom of me in magnificent glow, than a sleepy and permanent planet. The function of man is to live, not to exist. I shall not waste my days trying to prolong them. I shall use my time." The man lived just as he said and I am glad I could walk the same dirt roads as he. Must visit. Extensive collection of Jack and Charmian's possessions/collectibles. Short hikes (~0.6 miles) to the wolf house ruins and Jack's grave. Closes on time, so be early so that you could spend time.
  • Wonderful CA coastal hills wooded area. Parking lot is very close to the main house and easy to walk to. There is a lift available for wheelchair access. Exterior is fascinating to see with great displays inside the house of Jack London and his wife Charmian's adventures together. Many of the things they collected while on their South Pacific sail are beautifully displayed. Informational about the social experiments he was trying. Very enjoyable visit, the grounds are beautiful and peaceful.
  • Beautiful and historic. I've been hiking and visiting for years. It's fun to picnic at the old pond and wander the trails. Lots of wildlife for the kids to see. Be careful of poison oak, it's very present off the trails.
  • Beautiful hiking spot, great paved paths so even after a hard rain a lot of the grounds can be walked. For the novice hikers there are short trails and for the more experienced hikers you have have 9+ miles of trails to explore. There is also a charming museum on the grounds, upstairs they had someone playing a piano which filled the place with a historic atmosphere. I can't recommend this place enough.
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