You won’t find any old buildings here, but there are great interpretive signs and numerous hiking trails at this state park. And it’s an important place—the site of the first Russian settlement on Baranof Island. The Russians built a small fort in 1799, but Tlingits, unhappy with the Russian traders, attacked it in 1802. Nearly 100 Aleuts and 20 Russians were killed, and the Tlingits took women and children hostage. You can learn about this on the display panels, but the site offers more recreational opportunities than history lessons. There are three trail loops here: the Forest & Muskeg Trail, the Mosquito Cove Trail, and the Estuary Life Trail.

Getting There

Latitude: 57.129609
Longitude: -135.373474
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Old Sitka State Historic Site