• 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

Outdoor Activities

Captain John Smith Geocoin

A Captain John Smith Geocoin is awarded for logging 15 discovered caches along the CJS Geotrail

National Park Service Chesapeake Bay Office

The 3,000 miles of water routes making up the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail pass through diverse landscapes offering opportunities for outdoor recreation to suit every interest.

Go geocaching along the Captain John Smith Geotrail and explore close to fifty places associated with the adventures of Captain Smith and his crew. It's free, and fun for the whole family! Discover and record at least fifteen hidden treasures in your CJS Passport and earn a limited edition geocoin.

Consult the Boater's Guide and head out on a river to see the Chesapeake through the eyes of Captain John Smith. Download the whole Guide or just the section you want to explore. Be sure to read the safety tips and click through to navigation charts so you fully understand the nature of the waters in the area you will explore.

Check out www.smithtrail.net and www.baygateways.net to find the best places for boating, paddling, hiking, biking, fishing, camping, bird and wildlife viewing, and much, much more.

Did You Know?

Submerged aquatic vegetation

In the 17th century, the Chesapeake Bay hosted hundreds of thousands of acres of submerged aquatic vegetation (SAV) beds filled with juvenile fish and abundant blue crabs. Today the disappearance of these beds is a sign of an ecosystem in serious decline. Today fewer than 75,000 acres remain.