The trail's premiere orientation and visitor center is located at Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine. Operating hours for the fort are as follows:
Summer Season (May 25, 2015 to September 1, 2015):
The Park: 9:00 am to 6:00 pm
Star Fort: 9:00 am to 5:45 pm
Visitor Center: 9:00 am to 5:45 pm
Spring, Fall, and Winter Seasons:
The Park: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Star Fort: 9:00 am to 4:45 pm
Visitor Center: 9:00 am to 4:45 pm
Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine is closed on Thanksgiving Day, December 25, and January 1.
Hours of opening for the many sites along the trail vary widely by location and season. Locate sites and find contact information using the trail's interactive online map. Contact sites or attractions directly, as operating hours vary widely. You can also download the free and official National Park Service mobile application Chesapeake Explorer and see information for sites along the trail.