Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail

During his carefully documented exploration of the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries in 1608, Capt. Smith interacted with the Susquehannock Indians at the mouth of the Susquehanna River. Because of this important interaction and because the river is the major contributor of fresh water to the Bay, in 2012 the Susquehanna River and its tributaries were included as part the Capt. John Smith historic trail. The trail focuses on the travels of John Smith, 17th Century American Indian culture and the natural environment reminiscent of that era.

Be sure to visit the trail’s official Visitor Contact Station at the Zimmerman Center for Heritage to learn about the trail and to stamp your National Park Service Passport.