The collection of water trails within the Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network offers a wide variety of paddling opportunities for boaters, canoeists and kayakers of all skill levels. These trails can be found in New York, Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Virginia. They include rivers that offer scenic flat-water excursions for novice paddlers to Class IV rapids for those with more advanced skills.
Paddling these trails also offer users the chance to experience a bit of what life was like before the advent of interstate highways or bridges. In pre-Colonial times, Native Americans used these waterways for fishing and hunting, to trade goods, and to explore new lands. As you take the time to explore these water trails, remember that history was made on these rivers and that many others have used them as well.