Basic Information


The waterways of the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail are open 24/7, 365 days a year. However individual partner sites and access points located along the 3,000 mile trail have varying operating hours and associated fees.

Specific operating hours and directions will vary based on your destination. Be sure to check the open hours of each site before visiting as our partner locations and access sites have varying hours. Some access points may be closed in winter months, and all access is dependent upon weather conditions.

To plan your next adventure on the Chesapeake see Places to Go and Things to Do for links to sites, information on operating hours and seasons, water trails and events in the Chesapeake Bay.

Important Notice: The Werowocomoco archeological site remains closed to the public as planning efforts are ongoing. To receive updates on site planning, sign up for our monthly newsletter.

Our office headquarters at Historic Jamestowne is open Monday through Friday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., except federal holidays. View our calendar for upcoming special events.

Our headquarters are located at Colonial National Historic Park, Historic Jamestowne at:

1368 Colonial Parkway
Jamestown, VA 23081

Our mailing address is:

P.O. Box 210
Yorktown, VA 23690

Contact us at:

  • A brick building on a hill with an entrance sign
    Places to Go

    Discover places that tell a story.

  • A map of the Chesapeake National Historic Trail with selected locations marked.
    Trail Map

    View a map of the trail route and key sites along the way.

  • Two people carry a kayak towards a boat launch.
    Things To Do

    The trail offers countless ways to enjoy the rivers, marshes, and coastlines of the Chesapeake Bay.

Last updated: August 15, 2023

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Contact Info

Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 210
Yorktown, VA 23690


(757) 856-1220

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