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.


Baranof Castle State Historic Site Alaska
Sitka, AK 99835, United States


How To Get There

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



Open year round.


Annual camping passes are no longer available. The program was discontinued in 2004. Annual passes:

  • Daily Parking Pass: $60
  • Boat Launch Pass: $150
  • Disabled Veteran’s Annual Camping Pass – Free (Check eligibility requirements)


Contact Details

Phone: (907) 465-4563

Official Website: Baranof Castle State Historic Site Alaska


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