Sitka National Historic Park/Totem Park

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Sitka National Historic Park/Totem Park

Sitka National Historic Park/Totem Park
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State Parks • Historic Walking Areas

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FOTMM
Colorado3,654 contributions
Jul 2021
This historic park is a wonderful place to spend an afternoon exploring. There's an incredible amount of history and the (reproduction) totems are absolutely gorgeous. We only spent about 1.5 hours looking at the totems, watching bald eagles and admiring the lush vegetation. Highly recommend.
Written July 19, 2021
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Markus H
Santa Clarita, CA38 contributions
Jun 2021
Great Place to visit and only a short walk from downtown. All the Totem Poles are amazing. The views are great and the visitor center staff is very helpful and friendly! The attached museum has quite some items on display as well as some of the original totem poles.
Written June 17, 2021
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dkkmclark
Tampa, FL139 contributions
Sep 2021
We walked on a nice side walk from downtown. It took about 15-20 minutes. We passed the Sitka Sound Science Center on the way. Beside the building, we could see salmon jumping in the water. There are several places for great pictures. Once we arrive dat the park, we viewed a short movie about the history of the area (about 10 minutes). There is no charge to get into the park or watch the movie. Asked the ranger about tickets as they are limiting viewing with COVID. We spent about an hour walking on the well marked trail. Multiple totem poles are placed along the paths. We walked along the river and saw so many salmon spawning. It was amazing to see so many in one place. Several of the trails were closed while we were there due to bear activity, but we did not see any bears while hiking. One trail goes to the Sitka Highway. The Raptor center is only about a 10 minute walk from there.
Written September 7, 2021
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Deborah P
Cape Girardeau, MO13 contributions
Nov 2021 • Couples
A definite must do in Sitka . A short walk in theWoods with an experienced guide to learn about the local flora and fauna but stay on marked paths or you might be bear lunch. Definitely go to the adjacent museum
Written November 11, 2021
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mlorahga
Augusta, GA1,493 contributions
Oct 2019
My tour group was in the Sitka Rain Forest National Park and came across a group of nesting Bald Eagles. It was awesome. Our guide was a native person who was very knowledgeable. She explained about the nature, the plants, the totems and the history of the area and Native People.
Written September 20, 2020
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Kate G
Ohio5 contributions
Jun 2021
A beautiful area to walk through, for any level of interest in hiking trails. If you don’t have much time to spend in Sitka, aren’t interested in a difficult, high intensity uphill hike, or are interested in Sitka’s rich history, the trail is conveniently located within walking distance from town. All along the trail are scenic outlooks onto the ocean, with areas to explore the beach at low tide. Great opportunity to catch a glimpse of Sitka’s unique wildlife.

The totems lining the trail are breathtaking, and invite you to reflect on and learn more about how the Tongass Rainforest has been stewarded by the Tlingit, Haida, and Tsimshian peoples since time immemorial. Having learned a bit more about this history during my time here, I am grateful to all of these peoples for their stewardship of the land.
Written July 2, 2021
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6edith7
Oklahoma538 contributions
Aug 2019
We stumbled upon this park on our hike. There is so much beauty to see in this park. There are many locals that jog through this park. They had a notice posted of the last date they had a bear siting there. It happened to be the day before we arrived. It didn't stop anyone, the day we were there, of walking or jogging through. We walked all the way through the forest / park from one side through the other. The opposite side is where the Alaska Raptor Center was located. Make sure you see this too.

The park is a great place for photos and selfies.

On the side we entered was the totem pole museum. That's worth stopping in to see as well.
Written February 9, 2020
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Molly L
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam23 contributions
Sep 2021 • Couples
We caught the free shuttle from our cruise & then walked a leisurely walk to the National park from downtown. At the parks visitors center we watched an informational movie & then browsed the exhibits. We then walked the 1 mile totem loop & then back to downtown. It was easy to find, free & informative. Browsed the downtown for cheap Alaskan souvenirs.
Written September 21, 2021
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Bill P
Clackamas County, OR27 contributions
Jun 2020
A walk in this amazing park is a must for your visit to Sitka. And best of all, it's free. There are strait level trails for anyone regardless of ability. We met several local people while on our hike. They are the most friendly people we have ever encountered. Also, dog friendly folks that like to share their little friends with strangers. The grounds were very well kept and the totems were wonderful. If you want to stop and rest and enjoy the view of Sitka Sound, there are plenty of benches along the trail. The local museums were closed when we were there in June 2020 due to the Pandemic. This park was pretty much it for site seeing, but it didn't disappoint. Don't visit Sitka without seeing this amazing park.
Written July 12, 2020
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pennyhopper
College Station, TX15 contributions
fun for everyone! the park is right where cruise ships are anchored. very pleasant walk through beautiful pine forest looking out to snow capped mountains. the trail is only about a mile loop, so it was easy for kids to run and us older folks to stretch our legs. flat enough for easy wheelchair use. there are several different kinds of totem poles along the path with signs explaining them. the visitors center have several showrooms where you can watch native artists create beaded earrings, totem poles, ceremonial garments, etc. the park hosts a film that
depicts Sitkans from their respective cultures - the Russian Americans, the Native Americans, the descendents of the gold miners.
Written June 29, 2007
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