Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail

The Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail runs through the District of Columbia and the states of Delaware, Maryland, and Virginia. This area along the Eastern Seaboard is teeming with historic parks and stories. The trails extend around 3,000 miles along the Chesapeake Bay and cover the area discovered by explorers John Smith and Pocahontas. 

Things to Do

Things To Do Near Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail

You have over 3,000 miles to explore, and you'll encounter rich historic heritage and diverse natural habitats along this trail. Enjoy driving around the beautiful bay, hiking, or boating on the water. The trail has four different visitor centers that will help you plan your trip. Traveling by RV means you will be able to wander around and see more. 

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How To Get To Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail

To get to the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail from Richmond, Virginia, start by heading east on Interstate 64. Follow the interstate for a while, leave at Exit 242B, and merge onto VA-199 East. Then continue straight onto Penniman Road. From there, take the ramp to Yorktown, and turn right onto Colonial Parkway. You will follow that all the way into Yorktown, which is right in the area of our adventure.

Address

P.O. Box 210, Yorktown, VA 23690

Fee: Entry Fee (per person) There is no entry fee.

The Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail follows the three main voyages of Captain John Smith, the explorer who discovered Chesapeake. He is famous for exploring with the Indian guide Pocahontas. There are Smart Buoys in the water that mark the routes John Smith took when exploring the bay. You will have a fascinating voyage of your own as you learn about the historical events in the area. You will also find a variety of habitats where you can learn to identify the various kinds of plants and wildlife you see along the way. The Chesapeake Bay offers a huge area to explore. Traveling by RV means you will be able to see it all the most convenient way possible as you retrace the steps of Captain John Smith.