Things To Do

There are many ways to experience the trail and to learn about the cultural heritage and diverse flora and fauna of the 17th-century Chesapeake Bay. Whether you plan a paddling trip, a sailing excursion, or a drive to the shore for a glimpse of the Bay, there are countless ways to experience the world of the Chesapeake.

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Boating & Paddling

Set off on a watery adventure in a place where dragonflies dance, shorebirds stalk, and turtles bask in the sun.

  • GPS device and chart used for geocaching.
    Go Geocaching

    Use your phone or GPS device to find hidden caches along the Captain John Smith GeoTour.

  • 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.

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    Virtual Visits

    Can't come to the trail in person? Explore photos, videos, and wildlife webcams that will transport you to the rivers and shores of the Bay.

  • 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.

  • Roving ranger tent and signage.
    Upcoming Events

    A calendar of events for the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail and its partners.

Last updated: January 10, 2024

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