Jack London was the author of some of the greatest stories ever written about the wild outdoors, and he lived right here in Sonoma County from 1905 until his death in 1916. It was here, on his fantastic 1,500-acre ranch, that he wrote most of his later stories and novels. The ranch has since been donated to the State of California and has become the Jack London State Historic Park.
Bicycling and horseback riding are allowed on some trails. A summer horseback riding concession is available in the park. See the bathhouse, the dam and lake—which were built by the author—and check out the museum dedicated to London, which is housed in “The House of Happy Walls.” The original silo, barns, stables and “pig’s palace” are still standing by the parking lot and picnic area. This truly enchanting park is located at 2400 London Ranch Road in Glen Ellen. For more information, call (707) 938-5216. www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=47