Capt. John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail

Englishman John Smith began exploring the Chesapeake Bay and the rivers that fed into it in 1607, mapping nearly 3,000 miles of shoreline, estuaries, and American Indian communities in the course of two years. He established working relationships with the Indians who helped him extend his maps into regions that he had not yet explored. The Susquehannocks were an integral part of the project, helping Smith to envision the waterways to the north.


The Capt. John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail was established by the National Park Service and the United States Congress in 2006, initially encompassing only portions of Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia.

The North Branch Susquehanna River Water Trail was designated a National Recreation Trail of the National Park Service in 2009, thus extending the Capt. John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail system through Pennsylvania to Cooperstown, NY.

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