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The Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail was authorized by Congress in 2006 so that visitors to the Chesapeake Bay can understand the significance of John Smith's explorations and learn about the American Indian towns and cultures of the time as well as descendant communities today. Moreover, visitors can come to appreciate and care for the life and landscape of this national treasure, America's largest estuary.

In 2012, Department of the Interior Secretary Ken Salazar extended the trail by some 850 miles by designating four additional water trails as historic connecting components: the Chester River, the Upper Nanticoke River, the Upper James River, and the Susquehanna River.

You can help forge America's first national water trail. A work in progress, the trail comes as a result of the diligent efforts of many public and private partners. To learn more about developing the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail and how you can help, visit the trail's planning web page.

Last updated: January 12, 2018

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