Trails to Explore

Anacostia River Water Trail

Discover the natural abundance of the Anacostia River as it threads through the heart of Washington, DC. Watch birds on Kingman Island or dock at the National Arboretum and roam the forest. Paddle to Diamond Teague Park and…

Bladensburg, MD

Chemung Basin River Trail

The Chemung River, a major tributary of the Susquehanna River, and its three tributaries (the Tioga, Canisteo, and Conhocton Rivers) run through the scenic woodland and hills of the southern tier of New York and the northern…

Elmira, NY

Chester River Water Trail

From the headwaters in Delaware to the river’s mouth between Kent Island and Rock Hall, the Chester River Water Trail encompasses more than 100 miles of waterways, a variety of ecosystems, and over 10,000 years of human…

Chestertown, MD

Choptank & Tuckahoe Rivers Water Trail

The Choptank River is the longest of the rivers on the Chesapeake Bay's Eastern Shore. Paddling or boating along the Choptank and its primary tributary, the Tuckahoe River, is a wonderful way to explore this classic…

West Denton, MD

Eastern Branch Elizabeth River Water Trail

The Eastern Branch of the Elizabeth River flows from Virginia Beach through Norfolk before joining the main river and the Chesapeake Bay. This historic area combines natural wetlands and naval shipyards. The scenic Eastern…

Virginia Beach, VA

James River Water Trail - Lower

The James River is the southernmost major tributary of the Chesapeake Bay, offering a wide range of recreational experiences. Flowing from the west, the James passes through Richmond and joins the Bay near Norfolk, not far…

Richmond, VA

James River Water Trail - Upper

The Upper James River Water Trail meanders through beautiful Botetourt County located just northeast of Roanoke, Virginia. The trail is organized into five segments, each offering a unique experience. Along the 45 miles of…

Lexington, VA

Juniata River Water Trail

The Juniata River is a recognized Pennsylvania River of the Year. The National Park Service has designated the water trail a Chesapeake Bay Gateway and has listed the Upper and Lower Sections of the Juniata River Water Trail…

Altoona, PA

Lynnhaven River Water Trail

The Lynnhaven River has nearly 150 miles of shoreline. The mission of the water trail is to encourage stewardship through recreational and educational activities related to the watershed’s natural, cultural and historic…

Virginia Beach, VA

Mathews Blueways Water Trails

Mathews Blueways is an interconnected system of five separate water trails spanning Mathews County. The 90 miles of trails are particularly suited for small hand-powered craft such as canoes and touring kayaks.

Mathews…

Mathews, VA

Mattaponi and Pamunkey Rivers Water Trail

The developing York River Water Trail follows approximately 120 river miles along the tidal York, Mattaponi, and Pamunkey rivers. The route spans a diverse landscape through parts of Virginia described and mapped by Captain…

Walkerton, DE

Maury River Water Trail

This water trail runs from Cedar Grove down to the James River along 34 of the Maury's 42 mile length. One of the most beautiful whitewater rivers in Virginia, the Maury has rock walls along many stretches and boulder fields…

Lexington, VA

Monie Bay Water Trails

Monie Bay is a large and relatively undisturbed region which provides excellent habitat for wildlife and numerous opportunities for extensive wetland research. Tidal creeks including Monie Creek, Little Monie Creek, and…

Annapolis, MD

Monocacy River Water Trail

The Monocacy River Water Trail is a self-guided tour of the river for canoeists and kayakers from the Monocacy Battlefield to the Monocacy Aqueduct in Maryland. The trail takes paddlers through landscapes once inhabited by…

Frederick, MD

Nanticoke River Water Trail

The Nanticoke is about 63 miles long from its headwaters in Delaware south to Tangier Sound in Dorchester County, Maryland. The river possesses regionally and nationally significant natural, recreational, and cultural…

Vienna, MD

Occoquan Water Trail

Tracing a 40-mile route on two tributary waterways of the Chesapeake Bay, paddling adventures await as you explore a vast and changing landscape, spanning 13,000 years of human history, past 10,000 acres of public lands…

Fairfax Station, VA

Patuxent River Water Trail

The Patuxent River Water Trail offers visitors the opportunity to paddle the river, camp along its banks and visit its numerous parks, historic sites, sanctuaries and wildlife areas. The 110 mile long river is unique in that…

Upper Marlboro, MD

Potomac River Water Trail

As an American Heritage River and with 300 miles recognized as a National Recreation Trail, the Potomac River is closely connected to our Nation's history and rich in recreational opportunities. Beginning at Jennings…

Harpers Ferry, WV

Powhatan Creek Blueway

Powhatan Creek is a 23 mile tributary of the James River that passes through an area recognized by as one of the most environmentally significant natural resources on the peninsula. The creek is still largely undeveloped and…

Willamsburg, VA

Rappahannock River Water Trail

The Rappahannock River, the longest free flowing river in the Chesapeake Bay watershed, extends from its origin at Chester Gap in the Shenandoah National Park of western Virginia to Stingray Point in the Chesapeake Bay, a…

Fredericksburg, VA

Rivanna River Water Trail

The Rivanna River watertrail begins in the outskirts of Charlottesville, Virginia and winds it's way south 41 miles where it empties into the James River near Columbia, Virginia. 

Canoe or kayak through historic landscapes…

Charlottesville, VA

Sassafras River Water Trail

Over 20 miles long, the Sassafras River traces the shores of Maryland’s Cecil and Kent counties before reaching its confluence with the Chesapeake Bay between Howell Point and Grove Point.  The tributary begins near the town…

Chestertown, DE

Susquehanna River Water Trail - Lower Section

From Harrisburg to Havre de Grace, this 65 mile stretch of the Susquehanna shows off the scope of this largest tributary of the Chesapeake Bay. The Lower Susquehanna Water Trail helps boaters, canoeists and kayakers explore…

Wrightsville, PA

Susquehanna River Water Trail - Middle Section

The Susquehanna River meanders 444 miles from its origin at Otsego Lake near Cooperstown, NY until it empties into the Chesapeake Bay at Havre de Grace, Md. The Middle Susquehanna River Trail covers 54 miles of the river…

Harrisburg, PA

Susquehanna River Water Trail - North Branch

This stretch of the river is characterized by rolling meadows, forests, and crop land, set amidst seemingly endless mountains.  Much of the area is with in the Endless Mountains Heritage Region and it offers abundant outdoor…

Towanda, PA

Susquehanna River Water Trail - West Branch

For 228 miles along the West Branch of the Susquehanna River, you can soon explore Pennsylvania's wild lands, scenic beauty and history by water. Whether you take a day trip or a multi-day paddling adventure, the West Branch…

Lewisburg, PA

Swatara Creek Water Trail

Do you want to combine water, good food, recreation, open space, history, culture, scenic beauty and geology into one day-trip? The Swatara Creek Water Trail has you covered. Canoeing the "Swattie" is like exploring a…

Lebanon, PA

Virginia Eastern Shore Water Trails

Two loop water trails are under development on Virginia's Eastern Shore: the Onancock Creek Loop Trail and the Saxis Water Trail Loop. These trails will soon provide tremendous paddling opportunities for experiencing this…

Richmond, VA

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