Learn About the Park

John Smith's map of the Chesapeake Bay
History & Culture

Discover the people, cultures, places, and events that made history here in the 1600s and beyond.

An archeological excavation viewed from above.
Science & Research

Smart Buoys mark the trail and collect data about the Bay and archeologists study artifacts to learn how people lived in the past.

An eastern box turtle.

Thousands of plant and animal species are native to the Chesapeake Bay, many of which are important to the region's culture and history.

A photographer with a tripod on a rocky beach overlooking the Bay.
Photos & Multimedia

Virtually visit the park by viewing photos, videos, animal webcams, coloring books, and more!

A group of kids at the beach examine a crab they caught in a net.
Kids & Youth

Explore fun activities and discover how to become a Junior Ranger for the Chesapeake National Historic Trail or Susquehanna River.

A teacher in front of a class on a field trip.

Resources for teachers, including reference materials and lesson plans.

Aerial view of the Chesapeake Bay from space.

Meet trail staff, discover the trail's history, and read important laws and policies.

Aerial view of a creek surrounded by forest and with piers.

Access park updates and press releases.

Last updated: February 10, 2022

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Contact Info

Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 210
Yorktown, VA 23690


(757) 856-1220

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