O! Say Can You See?  . . . An American Identity is Born

For three years the young United States was embroiled in the War of 1812 and the Chesapeake Bay region felt the brunt of it, choked by shipping blockades and ravaged by enemy raids. Through sites and landscapes in Virginia, the District of Columbia, and Maryland, the Trail tells the stories of the events, people, and places that led to the birth of the U.S. national anthem. Read More

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About the Trail

What is a National Trail? What is the Star-Spangled Banner Trail? Where does it go? Learn these answers and more!

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Explore the sites along the Trail

Use the Trail's interactive map to plan your adventures.

History & Culture

History & Culture

Learn about the War of 1812 and its impact on the Chesapeake region.

For Kids

For Kids

Earn your Star-Spangled Banner Trail Junior Ranger badge and more!

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Water Trails

Explore the Trail's water routes on one of the many Chesapeake Bay river trails.

Last updated: July 29, 2022

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Baltimore , MD 21230

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