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Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail

Overview

This layer depicts the route of the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail, America’s first national water trail.
Over four hundred years ago Englishman John Smith and a small crew of adventurers set out in an open boat to explore the Chesapeake Bay. Between 1607 and 1609 Smith mapped and documented the Bay and its rivers, visiting many thriving American Indian communities along the way.  In December 2006 the U.S. Congress designated the routes of Smith’s explorations of the Chesapeake as a national historic trail.
The trail extends some 2,000 miles following the routes of Smith’s explorations in the tidal Chesapeake Bay and along many rivers inhabited by American Indians and associated with Smith’s voyages. The trail is in parts of present-day Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania, New York and the District of Columbia.
The trail is one of 19 national historic trails administered by the National Park Service and one of 30 trails in the National Trails System.

Data Layer Description

Source

National Park Service, Chesapeake Bay Office

What this data layer represents

This layer's purpose is to depict the route of the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail.

Location

Chesapeake Bay Watershed; Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New York and District of Columbia.

Description

The U.S. Congress designated the routes of Captain John Smith's explorations of the Chesapeake as a national historic trail in 2006. In May 2012, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar designated four water trails as new historic connecting components of the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail. This extended the trail route to include the Susquehanna River from near Havre de Grace MD to Cooperstown NY, the Upper James River from Richmond VA to Iron Gate VA, the Chester River in MD and the Upper Nanticoke River in Delaware.

How to get more information

Visit the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail's website, or contact:

Andy Fitch
National Park Service
410 Severn Ave., Suite 109
Annapolis, MD, USA 21403
(410) 267-9835

Sample Map

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