You do not need a permit to boat or paddle the Smith trail, aside from licenses that may be required by the states of Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, or the District of Columbia. There are no fees required to use the trail. However, the sites and access points associated with the trail are owned and managed by many different organizations, including state, federal, local, public, and private. Some sites may charge fees and/or require advance reservations.
For more information about fees and passes, please contact the sites you plan to visit. You'll find information and direct links to sites at www.FindYourChesapeake.com.