• 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?

Striped Bass

The Bay supports more than 3,600 species of plants, fish and animals, including 348 species of finfish, 173 species of shellfish and over 2,700 plant species.