Delaware National Parks

NATIONAL HISTORIC TRAIL 

Captain John Smith Chesapeake Various States VA, MD, DE, DC, PA, NY 

Four hundred years ago Englishman John Smith and a small crew of adventurers set out in an open boat to explore the Chesapeake Bay. Between 1607 and 1609 Smith and his crew mapped nearly 3,000 miles of the Bay and rivers and documented American Indian communities. Smith’s map and journals are a remarkable record of the 17th-century Chesapeake. Come join the adventure on the Chesapeake Bay! A kayaker paddles on the Patuxent River at the Jug Bay Natural Area.

Chesapeake Bay 

Chesapeake Bay Watershed, DC, DE, MD, NY, PA, VA, WV 

National Park Service helps you learn about and enjoy the Chesapeake Bay, the largest estuary in North America. Here, you can visit major league cities, colonial towns, American Indian landscapes, farms and fishing villages. You can learn to kayak, pick crabs, go fishing, tour a lighthouse, slurp oysters, and slow down to enjoy the natural beauty of the Chesapeake. The working watermen community of Tangier Island VA at sunset.

NATIONAL HISTORICAL PARK 

First State 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.

NATIONAL HISTORIC TRAIL 

Washington-Rochambeau Revolutionary Route 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.