• 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?

Satellite image of the Chesapeake Bay region

The Chesapeake Bay is the largest estuary in the United States and one of the largest in the world. It is uniquely shallow, with an average depth of 21 feet and only a few troughs deeper than 170 feet. The Bay has 11,600 miles of shoreline including tidal wetlands and islands.