Originally established as a military garrison overseeing the Mendocino Indian Reservation in 1857, by 1869 small lumber mills and ranches had become the area’s dominant features. The earthquake of 1906, which leveled much of Fort Bragg, also brought prosperity to the town in its wake, as its mills provided much of the lumber used to rebuild San Francisco. Today, Fort Bragg is the largest city on the Mendocino Coast. Noyo Harbor, on the south end of town, is a working port with a commercial fishing fleet, charter boats, fish markets and processing plants, as well as several seafood restaurants. The harbor is also a haven for local seals and sea lions.
Things to Do
- Excellent restaurants, lodging, retail stores, antique shops
- Beaches are nearby for beachcombing, picnicking and surf fishing
- Explore Noyo Harbor
- Kayak, paddleboard, charter a boat for whale-watching or fishing, or both, November through April
- Horseback Riding — Ricochet Ridge Ranch, Horse-Vacation.com
- MacKerricher State Park — numerous campsites and day use areas including a raised wooden walkway that leads to a seal observation point overlooking a secluded cove. The walkway is wheelchair accessible. The park also features a small lake and miles of unspoiled coastline. Great tide pools.
- The Skunk Train — takes passengers on a scenic tour of the redwood forests east of Fort Bragg along the Noyo River.
- Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens — 2 miles south of the center of Fort Bragg, contains 47 acres of flowers, trees and shrubs with winding trails throughout.
- C.V. Starr Community Center — swimming pool, Fort Bragg Skate Park and more,
300 South Lincoln St.