Caines Head

State Recreation Area

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Beach to Caintes Head

Caines Head State Recreation Area is the scenic site of an abandoned World War II fort, can be reached by boat or foot from Seward. The massive headland rises 650 feet above Resurrection Bay, against a back drop of rolling alpine meadows and sharp peaks, giving way to a sweeping view of the North Pacific Ocean.

The shale covered, forest framed beaches of Caines Head have long been stopping points for boaters and fisherman. But early in World War II, as the territory of Alaska was attacked and occupied by Imperial Japanese ground forces, Caines Head and other Resurrection Bay vantages became strategic spots for defending the Port of Seward. The port was the southern terminus of the Alaska Railroad, a critical supply line for the war effort and for Alaskans.

The 4.5 mile coastal trail leads from Lowell Point to the recreation area, ending at North Beach. A portion of this trail can be hiked only at low tide. Historic trails following old army roads take hikers to Fort McGilvray and on to South Beach.


★ ADA Facility - No
★ 5,961 Acres
★ Campsites
★ Camping Limit - 15 Nights
★ Toilets
★ Picnic sites & Picnic Shelters
Cabins (2) (see fee page)


★ Beach Combing
★ Fishing
★ 4.5 miles of coastal trails
★ Historical Attractions

Accessible by foot from Seward via coastal trails or by boat.

Driving Directions:
Seward Highway (1) to Highway 9 to Seward. There is a parking area at Lowell Point, south of Seward. It is important to time your trip around the tides.

Caines Head SRS Location Map