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

    Chesapeake Bay

Operating Hours & Seasons

Each of the parks, refuges, water trails and other partner sites in the Chesapeake Bay Gateways and Watertrails Network and along the trails have their own hours of operation. Visit the website locations listed on the "Directions" page for specific partner information.

Or, download "Chesapeake Explorer", the official NPS mobile app for the Chesapeake containing complete information for each partner site, including operating hours and fees where applicable.

Did You Know?

Satellite image of the Bay

Did you know that the Chesapeake Bay is the largest estuary in North American and the second largest in the world?