There are many ways to experience the trail and to learn about Smith's historic journeys, the lifestyles of American Indians, and the rich and diverse flora and fauna of the 17th-century Chesapeake Bay. Whether you plan a paddle trip, a sailing excursion, or a drive to the shore for a glimpse of the Bay, there are numerous ways to experience the world of John Smith's Chesapeake. Here are just a few ideas:
- Paddle, boat, or drive to learn about John Smith's Adventures on the James River or on the rivers he called the Pamaunk Flu.
- Visit Historic Jamestown Island and see the history of the colony John Smith helped to found.
- Kayak or canoe along one of the many water trails associated with the trail.
- Visit the many parks, historic walks and trails at Baltimore's inner harbor and learn how it has changed over time.
- Go sailing near America's sailing capitol, Annapolis, Maryland.
- See recreated American Indian houses at First Landing State Park or Henricus Historical Park in Virginia or Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum in Maryland.
- Visit the Pamunkey Indian Reservation in Virginia and see monuments to times past as well as the living artistry of the tribe today.
- Take your camera for a photo tour of the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge.
- Take the ferry to Tangier Island in Virginia or Smith Island in Maryland to see island communities today.
For more ideas of things to do, visit www.FindYourChesapeake.com to discover the variety of places along the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail where you can enjoy authentic Chesapeake experiences.