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Alaska Department of Natural Resources

Division of Parks & Outdoor Recreation

Chilkoot Lake - Pamela Himsworth Randles

Southeast Region

Baranof Castle State Historic Site

Baranof Castle

Facilities

★ Trails
★ No Fee

Activities

★ Historical features
★ Hiking

Commonly referred to as Castle Hill, this park is one of the most historically significant sites in Alaska. Tlingit natives originally inhabited this area and built a strategic fortification at this site. Between 1804-1867 Russians occupied this site. In 1867, on top of Castle Hill, Alaska was officially transferred from Russia to the United States. Today, Castle Hill is a state historic site and also designated as a National Historic Landmark. A fully accessible walkway leads visitors to the top of the hill and provides outstanding views of downtown Sitka and waterfront. Interpretive panels provide opportunities to learn more about the history of this site. This park is located in downtown Sitka.

Address:
Harbor Road

Driving Directions:
Boat or plane access only to Sitka. Harbor Drive to Harbor Rd. Corner of Harbor Road and Lincoln St.

Mission Statement

"The Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation provides outdoor recreation opportunities and conserves and interprets natural, cultural, and historic resources for the use, enjoyment, and welfare of the people."

Accessibility Notice

Division of Parks & Outdoor Recreation

Atwood Building
550 West 7th Avenue
Suite 1380
Anchorage, AK 99501
Phone: (907) 269-8700
Fax: (907) 269-8907