• The working watermen community of Tangier Island VA at sunset. Photo by Starke Jett.

    Chesapeake Bay


Gateways Map and Guide cover

The Gateways and Watertrails Network offers you more than 170 places to access the authentic Chesapeake - for hiking, biking, paddling, exploring a museum or discovering a historic downtown. For a map of sites, and contact information for each, view the Gateways Network Map and Guide here. You can also call us at 410-260-2470 and we'll mail you a few.

Cover of the Star-Spangled Banner Pocket guide

Get your copy of this handy Pocket Guide to the Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail so you know where to go and what to see along the trail. Download it here, or call us at 410-260-2470 and we'll mail you a couple.

Cover of the Boater's Guide to the John Smith Trail

You don't have to own a boat to enjoy the Boater's Guide to the John Smith Trail. Flip through this Boater's Guide written by naturalist and life-long boater John Page Williams and you are sure to be inspired to log adventures of your own.

Did You Know?

One of the many wading birds found in the Bay watershed

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.