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National Park Service - Chesapeake Bay Office

The National Park Service Chesapeake Bay Office helps connect people to the natural and cultural heritage of the Chesapeake region through the many sites and routes of the Chesapeake Bay Gateways and Watertrails Network, the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail, and the Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail.

Along with the 54 units of the national park system in the Chesapeake watershed, the sites and routes along the national historic trails and in the Gateways Network – managed by many partners – provide a wide range of ways to experience the Chesapeake region.

Through these locations and additional efforts, the National Park Service also works with partners and stakeholders to improve public access, foster citizen stewardship, and conserve special places throughout the watershed.

Specifically, the NPS Chesapeake Bay Office collaborates with other federal agencies, state and local government and nongovernmental organizations to achieve land conservation, public access and stewardship goals set out in the Strategy for Protecting and Restoring the Chesapeake Bay Watershed, prepared in response to Executive Order 13508. The NPS serves as the co-convener (along with the Chesapeake Conservancy) of a broad set of large landscape conservation partners who assemble and collaborate to achieve shared goals and specific actions. Among these is the development of LandScope Chesapeake. The NPS also coordinates information and reporting on land conservation and public access for action plans and progress reports required under EO 13508. The NPS Chesapeake Bay Office also participates in the Chesapeake Bay Program, a regional partnership that has led and directed restoration of the Bay since 1983.

Featured Projects

  • Star-Spangled Banner Trail

    The Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail is a 560-mile land and water route that tells the story of the War of 1812 in the Chesapeake Bay region.

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  • Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail

    Between 1607 and 1609 Englishman John Smith and a small crew of adventurers explored and documented thousands of miles of the Chesapeake Bay and its rivers. Four hundred years later, the U.S. Congress designated the routes of Smith's voyages in the Chesapeake as the first national water trail.

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