Explore the Chesapeake
NPS helps you learn about and enjoy the Chesapeake Bay, the largest estuary in North America.
Here, you can visit major league cities, colonial towns, farms and fishing villages. You can learn to kayak, pick crabs, go fishing, tour a lighthouse, slurp oysters, and slow down to enjoy the natural beauty of the Chesapeake. Download the Chesapeake Explorer mobile app and have it at your fingertips.
Large Landscape Conservation
Read how NPS Chesapeake Bay and its partners collaborate on large landscape conservation to protect resources and provide recreational opportunities.Read More
Chesapeake Explorer -- This App's for You
The Chesapeake Explorer mobile app helps you get to over 400 Chesapeake places - national trails, heritage sites, and state and national parks. FREE!Read More
See how the National Park Service and partners are working to increase the number of places you can go for fun on the Chesapeake and rivers.Read More
2012 Year in Review
The 2012 Year in Review illustrates the many achievements of NPS Chesapeake Bay and its partners throughout the Chesapeake Bay watershed.Read More
Capt John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail
Englishman John Smith’s map and journals are a remarkable record of indigenous cultures and the natural environment of the 17th-century Chesapeake.Read More
Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail
Follow the trail to learn stories of the War of 1812 in the Chesapeake and the events that led to the birth of our National AnthemRead More
Explore Bay Gateways and Watertrails
Over 170 Chesapeake Bay Gateways and Watertrails offer unique Chesapeake experiences and give you and the whole family an array of fun choices.Read More
Did You Know?
The water in the Chesapeake Bay is surprisingly shallow. Although the Bay covers a large surface area, its average depth, including all tidal tributaries, is about 21 feet. In fact, a person who is six feet tall could wade through over 700,000 acres of the Bay and never get his or her hat wet.