Things To Do

There are many ways to experience the trail and to learn about the cultural heritage and diverse flora and fauna of the 17th-century Chesapeake Bay. Whether you plan a paddling trip, a sailing excursion, or a drive to the shore for a glimpse of the Bay, there are countless ways to experience the world of the Chesapeake.

Canoes parked on a sandy beach in a marshy, coastal landscape.

Boating & Paddling

Set off on a watery adventure in a place where dragonflies dance, shorebirds stalk, and turtles bask in the sun.

  • GPS device and chart used for geocaching.

    Go Geocaching

    Use your phone or GPS device to find hidden caches along the Captain John Smith GeoTour.

  • Paper stamped with the trail's passport cancellation stamp.

    Passport Stamps

    Document your visit to the trail with a passport cancellation stamp.

  • Two egrets in a marsh.

    Virtual Visits

    Can't come to the trail in person? Explore photos, videos, and wildlife webcams that will transport you to the rivers and shores of the Bay.

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    Places to Go

    Discover the trail's four visitor centers located throughout the Chesapeake region.

  • A family rides bikes on a boardwalk near Jamestown, Virginia.

    Trip Ideas

    We've picked a few of our favorite places where friends and families can learn about heritage and experience untouched natural wonders.

  • Roving ranger tent and signage.

    Upcoming Events

    A calendar of events for the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail and its partners.

For more ideas of things to do, visit to discover the variety of places along the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail where you can enjoy authentic Chesapeake experiences.

Last updated: February 2, 2021

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