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Captain John Smith Trail

Capt. John Smith Trail signFour hundred years ago Englishman John Smith and his small crew set out to explore the Chesapeake Bay. Smith documented nearly 3,000 miles of the bay and its rivers. In December 2006 the U.S. Congress designated the routes of Smith’s explorations of the Chesapeake as a national historic trail.

The Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail offers countless opportunities for recreation and discovery. Take to the water by kayak, sailboat, or boat. Bicycle or hike along woodland trails, or follow winding roads through rural landscapes and historic villages. Visit places that celebrate American Indian heritage and watch wildlife in marshes, waterways and forests.

Explore your options – and a continually updated roster of special events – through the trip planner at www.smithtrail.net.


Calvert County sites along the Captain John Smith Trail

Quotes from Capt. John Smith's Journals
Crossing the Chesapeake Bay from Hoopers Straits to the Western Shore (Calvert Cliffs)

"Finding this Easterne shore, shallow broken Isles, and for most part without fresh water, we passed by the straites of Limbo (Hooper Straits) for the Westerne shore: so broad is the bay here, we could scarce perceive the great high clifts on the other side: by them we Anchored that night and called them Riccards Cliftes (Calvert Cliffs). 30 leagues we sayled more Northwards not finding any inhabitants, leaving all the Easterne shore, lowe Islandes, but overgrowne with wood, as all the Coast beyond them so farre as wee could see: the Westerne shore by which we sayled we found all along well watered, but very mountanous and barren, the vallies very fertill, but extreame thicke of small wood so well as trees, and much frequented with Wolves, Beares, Deere and other wild beasts."