• 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


The Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail partners with the Chesapeake Conservancy, a not-for-profit conservation organization dedicated to appreciation and enjoyment of the Chesapeake Bay. The National Park Service encourages your support of the Conservancy with your tax-deductible donation.

Visit the website for the Chesapeake Conservancy here.

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.