Support Your Park
The Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail is charting a new course as America’s first national water trail. It is an exciting time in the life of the new trail as its future is shaped through the National Park Service comprehensive management planning process. There are many opportunities for you to become involved in this process and to make your voice heard.
Even though aspects of the trail are a “work in progress,” the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail already exists. It is a direct route to experiencing the Chesapeake Bay and to becoming involved in restoring the health of this national treasure.
Did You Know?
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.