- Jack London State Historic Park is a memorial to writer and adventurer Jack London, who made his home at the site from 1905 until his death in 1916. The park was once part of the famous writer's 1,500-acre Beauty Ranch. The 800-acre park contains the cottage residence where he wrote books, short stories, articles and letters while he oversaw various agricultural enterprises. After London's death, his wife, Charmian, continued to live in the cottage until her death in 1955. It was her wish that the ranch be preserved in memory of Jack London and his work. There is a museum in "The House of Happy Walls," which Mrs. London built in a redwood grove. A trail leads to Jack London's grave and to "Wolf House," London's dream house, which was destroyed by fire in 1913.
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Jack London's home
Recreation - The parks upper parking lot provides access to a picnic area, London's cottage, stables, stone barns, silos and "pig palace." A * 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. Bicycling and horseback riding are permitted on some trails. A summer horseback riding concession is available in the park. Camping is available at nearby Sugarloaf Ridge State Park.
Climate - Summers are generally mild. Fog is often encountered near the coastline, with sunny, warmer weather more common inland in the foothills. Winters are generally cool with considerable precipitation. Wear layers of clothing to accommodate cool to warm temperatures and good walking shoes. Rain protection should be included at any time of year.
The historic park is at 2400 London Ranch Road in Glen Ellen, about 20 minutes north of Sonoma.