Fees & Passes


You do not need a permit to boat or paddle the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail, aside from licenses that may be required by the states of Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Delaware, or the District of Columbia.

There are no fees required to use the trail. However, the sites and access points associated with the trail are owned and managed by many different organizations, including state, federal, local, public, and private. Some sites may charge fees and/or require advance reservations.

For more information about fees and passes, please contact the sites you plan to visit.


Ways to Visit

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

    Discover the trail's four visitor centers located throughout the Chesapeake region.

  • A family rides bikes on a boardwalk near Jamestown, Virginia.
    Trip Ideas

    We've picked a few of our favorite places where friends and families can learn about heritage and experience untouched natural wonders.

  • 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: September 13, 2023

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Yorktown, VA 23690


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