Join the Adventure
Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail
— National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior —
Explore the places Englishman John Smith traveled in the early 1600s. Learn about the thriving American Indian communities he encountered and imagine the bountiful Chesapeake he observed. Experience the natural and cultural richness that exists in the region today.
The 3,000-mile Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail traces the exploratory voyages Smith conducted from 1607 to 1609 on the Chesapeake Bay and along several major rivers. The trail includes parks, museum sites, driving tours, and water trails that align with Smith’s historic voyage routes and offer opportunities for recreation and discovery.
Experience the Trail
*Explore rivers, coves, and open water by kayak, sailboat, or motor craft.
*Bicycle or hike along woodland trails and shoreline paths.
*Follow winding back roads through rural landscapes and historic villages.
*Visit places that celebrate American Indian heritage.
*See birds and other wildlife foraging in marshes, waterways, and forests. *Attend festivals and demonstrations, or join a guided tour.
Erected by National Park
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Colonial Era • Environment • Native Americans. A significant historical year for this entry is 1607.
Location. 38° 41.712′ N, 77° 3.947′ W. Marker is in Accokeek, Maryland, in Prince George's County. Marker is on Bryan Point Road. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Accokeek MD 20607, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Cherished Homeland (here, next to this marker); John Smith Explores the Chesapeake (here, next to this marker); People Shaping the Land (within shouting distance of this marker); Welcome to the Visitor Center (within shouting distance of this marker); The Hon. Frances Payne Bolton (within shouting distance of this marker); Land Shaping People (within shouting distance of this marker); Ecosystem Farm (within shouting distance of this marker); Pumpkin Ash Trail (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Accokeek.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 12, 2020. It was originally submitted on August 2, 2016, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 196 times since then and 13 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on August 2, 2016, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.