Captain John Smith Trail
The U.S. Congress created the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail. It is more than 2,300 miles of water trail throughout the bay area. This is the nation's first all-water national historic trail and it commemorates Captain John Smith's 1607-1609 exploration of the Chesapeake Bay (see Map VII-2). The National Park Service manages the trail in partnership with the Commonwealth of Virginia and many other organizations. For more information see the National Park Service John Smith Trail website.
Virginia's existing Captain John Smith's Adventures on the James River was created by the DCR with help from many partners with funding from the National Park Service Chesapeake Bay Gateways Program and Jamestown 2007. This water trail incorporates a 40-site boating and auto-tour route in the Oxbow Loop, the Cypress Loop and the Oyster Loop. Virginia Tourism Corp. developed a supporting web site to promote local businesses along the trail at www.johnsmithtrail.org. In addition to the James River trail and the Mattaponi, Pamunkey and York rivers Water Trail, other water trail segments in Virginia would complement plans for the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail.
Dragon Run Trail
King and Queen County Heritage gateways and trails
The National Park Service (NPS) developed the Potomac River Segment Plan to support visitor services along the Lower Potomac River in Virginia and Maryland. Those with action items identified in this plan may compete for federal NPS funding. Partnerships are encouraged to implement these improvements in the next three to five years.
Powhatan Creek Blueway
Rappahannock River Water Trail Rappahannock River Water Trail