Delaware National Parks


Captain John Smith Chesapeake

Various States: VA, MD, DE, DC, PA, NY

The Captain John Smith National Historic Trail is a series of routes that trace the voyages of explorer and adventurer Captain John Smith. Spanning over 3,000 miles across the East Coast of the United States, this trail provides an opportunity to explore some of America’s most historic sites and learn more about its rich history. From the Chesapeake Bay to the New England coastline, this trail offers visitors a unique chance to discover the places that shaped our nation’s past and present. Along this trail, you will find stunning landscapes, captivating stories, and vibrant cultures – all waiting to be explored!

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Chesapeake Bay

Various States: DC, DE, MD, NY, PA, VA, WV

The Chesapeake Bay Watershed National Historic Trail is a trail that runs through six states in the Mid-Atlantic region and is part of the National Park System. This trail provides hikers with an opportunity to explore the history and culture of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed, from its colonial origins to its modern-day use as a recreation area. Along this trail, visitors can experience some of America’s most beautiful landscapes and wildlife, including bald eagles, ospreys, beavers, otters, and more. The Chesapeake Bay Watershed National Historic Trail also offers educational opportunities for those interested in learning more about the environment and history of this important watershed.

Washington-Rochambeau Revolutionary Route

Various States: MA, RI, CT, NY, NJ, PA, DE, MD, VA, DC

In 1781, General Rochambeau’s French Army joined forces with General Washington’s Continental Army to fight the British Army in Yorktown, Virginia. With the French Navy in support, the allied armies moved hundreds of miles to become the largest troop movement of the American Revolution. The effort and cooperation between the two sides led to a victory at Yorktown and secured American independence.


First State

States: DE, PA

Famous as the First State to ratify the Constitution, Delaware was born out of a conflict among three world powers for dominance of the Delaware Valley. From this beginning, the region developed a distinct character that tolerated diversity in religion and national origin and valued independence. New Castle Court House.