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Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail

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410 Severn Avenue, Suite 109
Annapolis, MD 21403



Imagine a world of deep, ancient forests, strong, proud people and water teeming with life. Such was the Chesapeake that Captain John Smith and his fellow travelers encountered on their journeys through this "goodly bay" and its rivers. Follow in the wake of Smith's journeys on the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail, America's first national water trail.

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In general, the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail is open continuously year-round. Some access points may be closed in winter months, and all access is dependent upon weather conditions. As the Trail is still in planning stages, there have been no official designations of water access points.

For more information on operating hours and seasons, please contact the sites you plan to visit.

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Basic Directions

The John Smith Chesapeake is the first National Historic Trail to follow a route on water. The historic routes cover approximately 3000 miles of the Bay and its tributaries, and they may be accessed from hundreds of points throughout Virginia, Maryland and Delaware.

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