• 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 works through a growing number of partnerships with museums, parks, wildlife refuges, water and land trails, and other places that connect people to authentic Chesapeake Bay experiences. These special places rely on volunteer help to maintain and restore the natural, cultural, and recreational resources that characterize the Bay.

Learn about the diversity of places that are part of the Chesapeake Bay Gateways and Watertrails Network. You’ll find links to sites throughout the Chesapeake Bay watershed where your help is needed.

You’ll find other ways to become involved in projects to benefit the Bay when you visit the website for the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail.

Did You Know?

Submerged aquatic vegetation

In the 17th century, the Chesapeake Bay hosted hundreds of thousands of acres of submerged aquatic vegetation (SAV) beds filled with juvenile fish and abundant blue crabs. Today the disappearance of these beds is a sign of an ecosystem in serious decline. Today fewer than 75,000 acres remain.