Park Hours: 9am to 5pm
Open Daily (Except Dec 25)
Jack London State Historic Park
COVID-19 Guidelines (February 16, 2022)
Protect yourself, family, friends and your community by following these prevention measures:
- Know Before You Go – Prior to leaving home, check the status of the park unit you want to visit to find out what restrictions and guidelines are in place. Have a back-up plan in case your destination is crowded. Stay home if you are sick
- Plan Ahead – Some restrooms will be temporarily closed to keep up with cleaning schedules. Bring soap/hand sanitizer.
- Play It Safe – Find out what precautions you should take when exploring the outdoors, especially if this is your first time visiting the State Park System. Learn more at parks.ca.gov/SafetyTips.
- Be COVID-19 Safe – State Parks continues to meet guidance from local and state public officials as COVID-19 is still present and still deadly. Effective March 1, 2022, state guidance recommends that all individuals, regardless of vaccine status, continue masking in indoor settings, such as museums and visitor centers. Universal masking remains required in specified high-risk settings. Please plan ahead as local county guidelines may differ from state guidance and visitors are urged to follow county guidelines when required. Read the latest COVID-19 guidance at COVID19.ca.gov.
- Leave No Trace – Leave areas better than how you found them by staying on designated trails and packing out all trash. Do not disturb wildlife or plants.
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.
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 one 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.
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 and cottage is included in the park entrance fee. The park is open daily (except December 25)
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 two group picnic sites that can be reserved for a fee and many individual picnic tables. Camping is available at nearby Sugarloaf Ridge State Park.
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.
The weather can be changeable; layered clothing is recommended.