• 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?

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.