• 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

Management

Join the Adventure

The Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail was authorized by Congress in 2006 so that visitors to the Chesapeake Bay can understand the significance of John Smith's explorations and his impact upon the rich American Indian cultures of the time. Moreover, visitors can come to appreciate and care for the life and landscape of this national treasure, America's largest estuary. Although there are many ways to travel and enjoy Smith's historic routes today, the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail is still in development.

You can help forge America's first national water trail. A work in progress, the trail comes as a result of the diligent efforts of many public and private partners. To learn more about developing the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail and how you can help, visit the trail website www.smithtrail.net.

Did You Know?

An image of a typical new housing development.

By 2020 an estimated 18 million people will live in the Chesapeake Bay watershed, bringing ever more roads and sprawling subdivisions. As water and energy needs rise, so will the dangers to the long-term health of the Bay from pollution and other pressures.