Reachable by air, boat, or ferry, Alaska's oldest national park was established in 1910 in downtown Sitka, on Baranof Island, to commemorate the 1804 Battle of Sitka. All that remains of this last major conflict between Europeans and Alaska Natives is the site of the Tlingit Fort and battlefield. Southeast Alaska totem poles and a temperate rain forest setting combine to provide spectacular scenery along the park's coastal trail. The park is also home to the Russian Bishop's House, one of the last surviving examples of Russian colonial architecture in North America. This original 1843 log structure conveys the legacy of Russian America through exhibits, refurbished Bishop's living quarters and lavish icons in the Chapel of the Annunciation.
Leashed pets are permitted in the park, but are not allowed in the buildings. Leashes must be no longer than six feet.