• A kayaker paddles on the Patuxent River at the Jug Bay Natural Area. Photo by Middleton Evans.

    Captain John Smith Chesapeake

    National Historic Trail VA,MD,DE,DC,PA,NY

NPS Centennial

The National Park Service turns 100 on August 25, 2016. To us, it's not about cakes and candles — it's about being an organization ready to take on the challenges of our second century. Our blueprint to get there — A Call to Action — outlines the innovative work we want to accomplish. Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail is a big part of this effort. Take a look at what we're doing locally and get involved!


  • Building the John Smith Trail on the James River

    Chickahominy River pier on the John Smith Trail

    Many state and local partners and non-profit organizations are working with NPS to give visitors access to the beauty of Chesapeake waters and landscapes along the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail. Read more

  • Win-Win: Youth Conservation Crews work on John Smith Trail

    The Youth Conservation Corps team at their work site at Chippokes Plantation State Park in Virginia, 2011.

    In Virginia along the James River, in the summer of 2011 and 2012, several Youth Conservation Corps teams spent many weeks and logged many hours on trail building projects. Read more

  • Secretary Salazar Designates 4 Connecting Component River Trails

    Secretary Ken Salazar signs the document designating four connecting components to the John Smith Trail.

    In May, 2012, the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail was extended an additional 841 miles by the designation of four historic connecting components on the Susquehanna River in Pennsylvania and New York, the Upper Nanticoke River in Delaware, the Upper James River in Virginia, and the Chester River in Maryland. Governors of all five states support the designation, as do local groups including American Indian tribes and descendant communities. Read more

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