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

    Chesapeake Bay


Use the online map for each trail to see land and water routes and sites around the Chesapeake Bay. The map will give you directions to your destination. For the John Smith trail, click here. For the Star-Spangled Banner trail, click here.

Use the Map Center on the Chesapeake Bay Gateways and Watertrails Network website for directions to land and water trails, historic places, and parks and refuges throughout the Chesapeake watershed in Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, Delaware, Pennsylvania, New York, and the District of Columbia.


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.