• 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

Operating Hours & Seasons

In general, the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail is open continuously year-round. Some access points may be closed in winter months, and all access is dependent upon weather conditions.

For more information on operating hours and seasons, visit www.smithtrail.net for links to the sites and water trails you plan to visit.

Did You Know?

A barb from a cownose ray

Captain John Smith was stung by a ray at Stingray Point during his journey on the summer of 1608. He was stabbing them with a short sword to catch them and it was likely a cownose ray that jabbed him back. Smith suffered extreme pain, but the ray suffered worse – it ended up as his evening meal.