• 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

Things To Do

There are many ways to experience the trail and to learn about Smith's historic journeys, the lifestyles of American Indians, and the rich and diverse flora and fauna of the 17th-century Chesapeake Bay. Whether you plan a paddle trip, a sailing excursion, or a drive to the shore for a glimpse of the Bay, there are numerous ways to experience the world of John Smith's Chesapeake. Here are just a few ideas:

For more ideas of things to do, visit www.smithtrail.net and www.baygateways.net to discover the variety of places in the Chesapeake Bay Gateways and Watertrails Network where you can enjoy authentic Chesapeake experiences.

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.