Related Links



  Government Sponsors and Partners:

  • Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation: www.DCR.Virginia.gov
    DCR works with Virginians to conserve, protect and enhance their lands and waters, and promotes the stewardship and enjoyment of natural, cultural and outdoor recreational resources.
  • Virginia Tourism Corporation: www.Virginia.org
    Whatever you love in a vacation you can find in Virginia!
  • Virginia Department of Historic Resources: www.dhr.virginia.gov
    DHR is Virginia's State Historic Preservation Office, charged with encouraging, stimulating and supporting the preservation and continued use of Virginia's significant historic, archaeological and cultural resources.
  • Virginia Council on Indians: www.Indians.vipnet.org
    The Virginia Council on Indians is an advisory board to the Virginia's governor and General Assembly on issues related to Virginia's Indian tribes.
  • Jamestown 2007: www.jamestown2007.org
    Spearheaded by the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, Jamestown 2007 is a public-private partnership sponsoring festivals, exhibits and educational events to commemorate "America's 400th Anniversary.
  • Chesapeake Bay Commission: www.chesbay.state.va.us
    The CBC is a tri-state legislative commission created in 1980 to advise the General Assemblies of Maryland, Virginia and Pennsylvania on matters of Bay-wide concern.
  • Chesapeake Bay Program: www.chesapeakebay.net
    The Bay Program is a regional partnership that directs and coordinates Chesapeake Bay restoration efforts across the watershed. Partners include Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, the District of Columbia and the federal Environmental Protection Agency.

  Jamestown and John Smith:

  • APVA Preservation Virginia: www.apva.org
    The Association for the Preservation of Virginia Antiquities preserves, interprets, and promotes real and personal property relating to the history and people of Virginia.
  • Virtual Jamestown: www.virtualjamestown.org
    The Virtual Jamestown digital archive is a research and teaching and learning tool that explores the legacy of the Jamestown and the Virginia experiment.
  • Historic Jamestown: www.historicjamestowne.org
    The online home of the Jamestown Fort site allows visitors to watch as archeologists unearth history.
  • Jamestown Journey: www.jamestownjourney.org
    The educational arm of the federal Jamestown 400th Commission, Jamestown Journey provides curriculum for subjects ranging from civics to science.
  • The Captain John Smith 400 Project: www.johnsmith400.org
    The nonprofit Sultana Projects constructed a replica of John Smith's shallop that will tour museums in 2006 then re-create Smith's Chesapeake voyage in 2007.
  • Colonial National Historic Park: www.nps.gov/colo/
    The National Park Service administers the Jamestown site (jointly with APVA) and Yorktown Battlefield, as well as Colonial Parkway, a 23-mile scenic roadway linking the two.
  • Hampton Roads History Tour: www.historichamptonroads.com
    This virtual tour showcases history markers in the communities of Hampton Roads, at the mouth of the James River.

  The James River and Chesapeake Bay:

  • Chesapeake Bay Foundation: www.cbf.org
    A nonprofit founded in 1967, CBF works to "Save the Bay" through citizen activism, forest and wetland restoration, and environmental education.
  • The Conservation Fund: www.conservationfund.org
    A national nonprofit, The Conservation Fund promotes land conservation and sustainable development. The Fund supports the creation of a Chesapeake Bay water trail administered the National Park Service.
  • Virginia Save our Streams: www.sosva.com
    The Isaak Walton League's VA SOS program trains and certifies volunteers to monitor water quality throughout Virginia.
  • James River Association: www.jamesriverassociation.org
    The James River Association is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide a voice for the river and to promote conservation and responsible stewardship of its natural resources.
  • James River Advisory Council: www.jamesriveradvisorycouncil.com
    JRAC serves as a forum for the diverse interests along the James River, holds annual clean-ups and communicates with public officials on river issues.
  • Friends of Chesterfield's Riverfront: www.co.chesterfield.va.us/riverfront
    Friends of Chesterfield's Riverfront promotes land conservation and public access along the Appomattox and James rivers in Chesterfield County.
  • Chickahominy Watershed Alliance: www.chickahominywatershedalliance.org
    A coalition of environmentalists, recreational river users, businesses and local governments, the Chickahominy Watershed Alliance promotes river stewardship.
  • Friends of the Lower Appomattox River: www.craterpdc.state.va.us
    FOLAR is a nonprofit citizens group with representatives from the six jurisdictions within the Crater Planning District.
  • James River Park: www.jamesriverpark.org
    Richmond's James River Park system includes historic sites, natural areas and an environmental education center.
  • James River Outdoor Coalition: www.jroc.net
    JROC is a non-profit organization that supports the James River Park system with volunteer projects and fundraising.
  • Garden Club of Virginia: www.gcvirginia.org
    The Garden Club of Virginia promotes conservation, including native plant landscaping, as well as historic preservation. Several James River plantations participate in the clubs organizes annual Historic Garden Week.



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The Trail

Upper Oxbow Loop

The rocky Fall Line marks the border of Virginia's Piedmont and Coastal Plain geographic regions. The Falls of the James stopped John Smith and Christopher Newport from traveling farther upriver, and eventually spawned Richmond itself. -- read more

Middle Cypress Loop

Bald eagles, herons, cormorants and a variety of songbirds nest along this stretch of the James River. Stands of cypress grow along the water's edge, and tributary creeks fan into wide marshes.   -- read more

Lower Oyster Loop

Oyster reefs no longer project above the waves, but echoes of the Chesapeake John Smith explored still await along the lower James. Never a true island, Jamestown Island remains hemmed in by forest and marsh, connected to the mainland by only a narrow spit of land. -- read more


Educator Resources

Help your students relive John Smith's adventures -- read more

Find information on other useful websites that contain additional educational resources related to John Smith's adventures -- view list


Order the Trail Maps

Capt. John Smith's Trail is a 40-site water trail and auto tour for modern explorers. Each set of three travel maps features historic descriptions and information for the modern traveler, including where to hike, camp and launch your boat. -- Order Now!