GUEST HOUSE MUSEUM
The headquarters for the Fort Bragg - Mendocino Coast Historical Society, the Guest House Museum is a 19th-century home constructed from old-growth redwood lumber. First built to entertain the family and guests of the Fort Bragg Redwood Company, the city eventually purchased this stunning home and has operated it as a museum ever since. Permanent exhibits within the Guest House relate to the lumber heydays of the Mendocino Coast, with numerous artifacts and preserved interiors on display.
Comprising the southern border of MacKerricher State Park, Pudding Creek Beach is a popular seaside destination. Beneath the scenic Pudding Creek Train Trestle, now a multi-use path and part of the Fort Bragg Coastal Trail, the beach is filled with activities like estuary exploring, sunbathing, and inspecting tide pools. A popular place for residents and tourists alike, Pudding Creek Beach is relatively quiet by California coastal standards, and it's easy to find a spot on the sand of your own.
For a fun, free thing to do seven days a week, the Fort Bragg Coastal Trail tours miles of Mendocino County coastline via a paved pedestrian path. Stretching from Pomo Bluffs on the south side of the city to the northern end of MacKerricher State Park, this continuous pathway and collection of coastal trails is popular with walkers, strollers, and cyclists—and always delivers on great ocean views. One of the easiest trailheads to reach is located off Elm Street next to Glass Beach.
In late 19th century efforts to expand timber operations in Mendocino County, the Fort Bragg Railroad was created to transport workers and families to logging camps. Eventually evolving into the California Western Railroad, and quickly earning the moniker, The Skunk, for its pungent fumes, this iconic passenger line shaped the culture and community of a young Mendocino County. Passengers today can experience this history on two beautiful routes offered by the now heritage railroad.
Departing from Fort Bragg, the Wolf Tree Turn Route takes passengers through the redwood-lined Noyo River Canyon on a two-hour trip. The other scenic passenger line available on The Skunk includes a route through the Pudding Creek Estuary on tracks laid in 1885. Other fun things to do surrounding The Skunk Train include embarking on a two-person railbike through a lush forest, and visiting the adjacent Mendocino Coast Model Railroad and Historical Society.