Interactive Trail Map

This map shows the trail's route. It also shows a variety of places to visit along the Chesapeake National Historic Trail, from visitor centers and historic sites to wildlife preserves and marinas. Learn more about places to visit >

Two NPS unigrid brochures for the Chesapeake National Historic Trail
Trail "unigrid" brochures are available for the trail as a whole, and with a focus on the Lower James River.


Trail Maps & Brochures

The trail's "unigrid" brochure includes a map of the trail route along with points of interest, public water access sites, local water trails, and locations of the NOAA smart buoys marking the route. We also publish a unigrid brochure that focus on the Lower James River.

Here's how to get one:

1. Pick up a printed version at one our visitor centers or one of our many partner and tourism locations. Please call ahead to confirm availability.

2. Email us at to have a brochure mailed to you. Large print version available on request.

3. View and download the brochure online using the links below:

Brochure: Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail

Brochure: Lower James River

  • 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 kayaker in front of a NOAA interpretive buoy on the trail
    "Smart Buoys" Mark the Water Trail

    Along the trail are NOAA "Smart Buoys" that provide the trail visitor with a unique experience unlike any other trail. Learn more here!

  • Paper stamped with the trail's passport cancellation stamp.
    Passport Stamps

    Document your visit to the trail with a passport cancellation stamp. Stamps can be found at dozens of locations throughout the region.


Last updated: April 16, 2024

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