Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail Additions

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Four water trails recently became part of the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail. The new river trails in Delaware, Maryland, New York, Pennsylvania and Virginia.

The New Water Trails include:

The Susquehanna River Component Connecting Trail runs along the main stem and West Branch of the Susquehanna River in Maryland, Pennsylvania, and New York. The southern end of this trail links directly with the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail at Conowingo, Maryland.

The Chester River Component Connecting Trail extends along the Chester River and its tributaries. The trail converges with the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail near Rock Hall, Maryland.

The Upper Nanticoke River Component Connecting Trail extends approximately 23 miles along the Nanticoke River, Broad Creek and Deep Creek. At its western end, the pathway links directly with the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail.

The Upper James River Component Connecting Trail spans approximately 220 miles across nine counties. The trail connects to the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail at the Falls of the James in Richmond, VA.

Congress authorized the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail in 2006 as “a series of water routes extending approximately 3,000 miles along the Chesapeake Bay and the tributaries of the Chesapeake Bay.”

Each of the tributaries were evaluated to determine their potential for designation as historic connecting components to the Captain John Smith trail. Research teams included historians, tribal representatives and regional universities.

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