• 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

Fees & Reservations

You do not need a permit to boat or paddle the Smith trail, aside from licenses that may be required by the states of Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, or the District of Columbia. There are no fees required to use the trail. However, the sites and access points associated with the trail are owned and managed by many different organizations, including state, federal, local, public, and private. Some sites may charge fees and/or require advance reservations.

For more information about fees and reservations, please contact the sites you plan to visit. You’ll find information and direct links to sites at www.smithtrail.net.

Did You Know?

A pair of wood ducks.

The Chesapeake Bay is located along the Atlantic flyway, which every year channels the annual seasonal flights of millions of migratory birds. The region has always been a favored winter residence or stopover for many species of waterfowl on their way south from their summer breeding grounds.