Your Chesapeake Connection . . .

The Chesapeake Bay Gateways and Watertrails Network connects you with the natural and cultural heritage of the Chesapeake Bay watershed through more than 170 exceptional parks, wildlife refuges, museums, sailing ships, historic communities, trails and more. Gateways Network partner sites and water trails are the special places where you can experience the authentic Chesapeake.


Kids explore a geocache container

A High-tech Treasure Hunt

The new CJS Geotrail offers adventurers more than 50 geocache sites on 9 Chesapeake rivers highlighting places associated with Smith's explorations.

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Chesapeake Explorer mobile app

Chesapeake Explorer - This App's for You!

The Chesapeake Explorer mobile app helps you get to over 400 Chesapeake places including the John Smith Trail for iPhones and Android devices. FREE!

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Dancer at a gathering at Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum. Photo by M. Shisler.

Chesapeake Indians Today

It is a misconception that Indians no longer live in the Chesapeake Bay region. There are tens of thousands of American Indians still here today.

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Earn this coin by caching the SSB Geotrail

Star-Spangled Treasures

The SSB Geotrail offers fun and adventure at nearly 40 geocache sites highlighting Chesapeake landscapes and stories associated with the War of 1812.

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Gerry Embleton image of Mary Pickersgill sewing the flag, from the book In Full Glory Reflected

Read All About It

History and Travel Guide now available -- In Full Glory Reflected: Discovering the War of 1812 in the Chesapeake. Go to

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