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Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail

Map of the John Smith Trail, Wikimedia
The Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail stretches across several states, but begins in Maryland and Virginia.

The trail gives visitors and history enthusiasts to walk in Captain John Smith’s footsteps, and to imagine what the land was like for Smith and his crew on their first journey to the New World.

Visitors can enjoy hiking, biking, and canoeing at this national park.

Location

The Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail is located in Chesapeake Bay, in the eastern portion of the state of Virginia.

The routes and trails of John Smith cover more than 3,000 miles, reaching into Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Delaware, and the District of Columbia. Access points to the trail are located in numerous places.

Those visiting the Virginia portion of the trail can access it in the Chesapeake Bay area.

Numerous access points to the trail are located in the Chesapeake Bay. Most notable access points are the Elizabeth River Trail in Norfolk, Virginia, and the Rappahannock River Water Trail in Norfolk, Virginia.

Hours and Rates

The Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail is open cyear round.

Due to inclement weather, parts of the trail are sometimes closed at certain times throughout the year. Before setting off on the trail, it is important to check the map to see if any parts of the trail have been temporarily closed.

This national trail has no admission fee for hikers or bikers.

No permit is needed to travel by boat along the trail, apart from any licenses required by the state of Virginia.

Some access points associated with the trail may require separate fees or reservations.

Things to do

Exploring the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail is bound to keep visitors engaged and busy for any extended amount of time. Here are a few things to do in the Virginia portion of the trail.

Boaters and paddlers can follow John Smith’s Adventures along the James River. This is a way to experience and follow John Smith’s journey by water.

Those who do not own a boat, but still wish to see some of John Smith’s journey by water can take a ferry to Tangier Island. From there, visitors can also take the ferry to Smith Island in Maryland.

Hikers along the trail can see several historical landmarks along access points. Places of interest include recreated American Indian houses at Henricus Historical Park and First Landing State Park.

The Pamunkey Indian Reservation is another popular stop among visitors to the trail. Visitors will gain a thorough understanding of the tribe’s past and present identity.

Location: Annapolis
Address: 410 Severn Avenue, Suite 314, 21403
Telephone: 410-260-2470
Web site: www.nps.gov
Latitude: 37.385785
Longitude: -76.904822
Categories: > Eastern Shore. > National Parks.

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