• 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

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?

Two freighters docked in Baltimore.

Since the Colonial Era, the Chesapeake Bay has been critical to the world’s commerce. Today, approximately ninety million tons of imports and exports pass through the major ports of Hampton Roads and Baltimore each year.