You can see a lot of downtown Fort Bragg in a 10-minute meander, especially if you know how to plan your route. Actually, you don’t need to do any planning — we’ve done it for you! Here are seven short walks, keyed to a map. All walks start at the Skunk Train Depot at the West end of Laurel Street (one block west of Main Street).
1. Guest House Museum: Walk east on Laurel Street, turn right at the corner (100-year-old bank building now Town Hall). Take path to 1800-year old Redwood tree trunk. House was built in 1892. View of old Mill Site, Skunk Train yard. Looking west from the porch past the mill site, see rocks from CA Coastal National Monument (CCNM) – Fort Bragg is a Gateway City for CCNM.
2. Art Galleries: Walk east on Laurel, cross Main Street, turn right (south). Three Galleries.
3. Neighborhood: Walk north to Pine Street. Turn left then right to stroll Stewart Street. Weller House Inn is on National Register of Historic Places.
4. Depot Mall & Museum: Building at the corner of Laurel & Main with shops, old engines, and area photos. Skunk Train Shop in next building to the west.
5. Shopping on Laurel Street: Interesting shops include women’s wear, socks, shoes, Guatemalan imports, cookware, sandwiches, and a coffee shop.
6. Fort Bragg City Hall & Original Fort Building: Corner of Laurel and Franklin. Go inside to see wonderful stone fireplaces. To the north, see the last building from the 1857 Fort/Indian Reservation.
7. North Coast Brewery & First Baptist Church: Walk east on Laurel, turn left, north on Main Street to see Brewery, Brewery Shop; turn right on Pine to view 1913 Mission-style First Baptist Church (corner of Pine and Franklin).