Four hundred years ago Englishman John Smith and a small crew of adventurers set out in an open boat to explore the Chesapeake Bay. Between 1607 and 1609 Smith mapped and documented nearly 3,000 miles of the Bay and its rivers. Along the way they visited many thriving Native American communities and gathered information about this “fruitful and delightsome land.” In December 2006 the U.S. Congress designated the routes of Smith’s explorations of the Chesapeake as a national historic trail—the first national water trail.
Smith’s map and writings influenced exploration and settlement of eastern North America for many generations, and they are a remarkable record of the native cultures and the natural environment of the 17th-century Chesapeake. The Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail lets you experience and learn about the Chesapeake Bay through the routes and places associated with Smith’s explorations.
Join us for a paddle to the headwaters of Fairlee Creek, one of the largest tributary streams feeding the upper Chesapeake Bay in Kent County.Chestertown, MD
Help pull our 20-foot-wide sampling net to catch fish, crabs, and other critters from the Chester River aboard the 1768 schooner Sultana.Chestertown, MD
Sailing from the Cannon Street Pier, Chestertown *Please note that Adult tickets and Child (under 12) tickets have different pricing and need to be ordered separately.Chestertown, MD
When the sun goes down and the moon comes out, the river is transformed. Join us for this unique opportunity to explore the Chester in "a whole new light".Chestertown, MD
Originally formed by an old millpond dam, Unicorn Lake has become one of the most popular fishing and paddling spots in the upper Chester River watershed.Chestertown, MD
Witness the fall migration of waterfowl as you explore a tributary of the upper Chester River.Chestertown, MD
Witness the fall migration of waterfowl and the beautiful changing leaf colors in the pristine salt marshes and tidal creeks of Eastern Neck Island Wildlife RefugeChestertown, MD