Park Planning

Trail Planning

A new national trail takes shape through careful planning. In this planning section of the trail's website, you can learn more about all of the plans created so far and of upcoming opportunities to get involved with aspects of trail development.

Wide participation is essential throughout the trail planning process. Input from the public at workshops, consultations, and through the Planning, Environment, and Public Comment website (PEPC) helps guide the National Park Service in finding the best methods to manage, interpret, and access the trail.

Five planning documents have been completed with public participation since the trail's designation by Congress in December, 2006. You can read about them on the following webpages:

Earlier Planning

The Feasibility Study and Environmental Assessment for the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail, published in July 2006, was an essential part of the trail designation process. Legislation to establish the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail was signed into law on December 19, 2006, as an amendment to the National Trails System Act (16 U.S.C. 1244). The Feasibility Study, prepared by the National Park Service and available for public comment prior to publication, is the foundation for trail planning.

Read the Trail's Feasibility Study Executive Summary or contact us to receive a hard copy by mail.

The Statement of Significance for the John Smith Chesapeake Trail is a report on national significance used to determine whether the proposed trail met criteria for designation as a national historic trail.

Future Planning

In June 2016, non-profit organization The Conservation Fund purchased the historic site of Werowocomoco from willing land owners and transferred the property to the National Park Service. The Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail will manage the property. A planning process began in 2017 with partners to determine how best to protect the site and plan for visitor experiences in the future. For more information, click below:



Last updated: January 12, 2018

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