New Chesapeake Bay Gateways
Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network

Annapolis, MD (05/04/01) - The National Park Service has added 19 new sites to the Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network, bringing the number of designated Gateways to 60. The Gateways Network creates a broader commitment to Bay restoration and conservation efforts by highlighting various aspects of the Chesapeake’s natural, cultural, and historical heritage. The new sites are:

In Virginia:

  • Reedville Fisherman’s Museum preserves the heritage of watermen and provides a unique view of the menhaden fishery which made Reedville a major commercial port in the U.S.
  • From the Watermen’s Museum in Yorktown, working watermen can still be seen on the York River. Their story comes alive inside the museum through tools, boat models and historic photos.
  • At Jamestown Island, view the site of the first permanent English settlement in North America. The names of Captain John Smith, John Rolfe, Chief Powhattan and his daughter Pocahontas are indelibly linked to Jamestown and the Bay.
  • The developing York River Water Trail will stretch from the Bay up the York, Mattaponi, and Pamunkey Rivers, with beautiful expanses of marsh and woodland along the way.
  • The developing Norfolk Waterway Trail System will provide access to 38 miles of rivers and creeks, giving city paddlers an unique view of Norfolk’s natural and man-made waterfront.
  • At the Yorktown Visitor Center and Battlefield, visitors can explore the scene of the 1781 Siege of Yorktown. With the French Navy blockading the mouth of the Bay to isolate British troops, this became the final battle of the American Revolutionary War.
  • Walk the Cape Charles Historic District to see dozens of late-Victorian and turn of the century homes in this railroad built town on the Bay.
  • The Pamunkey Indian Reservation, in King William County, operates a fish hatchery which sustains the annual run of shad on the Pamunkey River. The reservation’s museum displays artifacts of the Tribe’s culture covering the past 12,000 years.
  • Gloucester Point Park, offers a spectacular view of the York River, with a sandy beach, free public fishing pier, and two boat ramps.

In Maryland:

  • Susquehanna State Park is set in a heavily forested valley along the great river that feeds the Bay. The park includes 15 miles of hiking trails, historic structures and boat ramps for fishing.
  • Point Lookout State Park was once a Civil War prison camp, but now offers a wide variety of recreational opportunities where the Potomac River meets the Bay.
  • Historic Annapolis Gateway - City Dock, once a bustling international port, hosts two of the largest boat shows in the world. Walking tours of the Historic District often begin or end at City Dock.
  • Gunpowder Falls State Park covers 18,000 acres in Harford and Baltimore Counties along the Gunpowder River, a Bay tributary. It includes beaches, hiking trails and historic sites.
  • Terrapin Park sits on bay front land north of the Kent Island terminus of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge. A trail and boardwalk with observation blinds provide excellent bird watching.
  • University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science-Chesapeake Biological Laboratory is a research and graduate teaching facility which also welcomes the public to its visitor center. Exhibits focus on Chesapeake Bay ecological research conducted at the lab.
  • The Pride of Baltimore II, the only existing reproduction of an 1812-era privateer, is also the only mobile site of the Gateways Network, bringing a piece of the Chesapeake to the world.
  • Lightship Chesapeake and Seven Foot Knoll Lighthouse, are two historically important examples of lighted navigation aids used in the Bay. Both are located at Baltimore’s Inner Harbor and maintained by the Baltimore Maritime Museum.
  • Pickering Creek Audubon Center invites the public to enjoy its nature trails and special programs on the history, ecology and culture of the Bay.
  • Adkins Arboretum explores the environment of an upstream Bay tributary on the Eastern Shore. It includes 400-acres along Tuckahoe Creek with several miles of trails which feature the native flora of the Delmarva Peninsula.

Nominations for Gateways sites are reviewed on a monthly basis by the National Park Service and the Gateways Network Working Group established by the Chesapeake Bay Program. Additional Gateways will be added in coming months and a map and guide will be published later this year.

To advance the Network’s goals, the Park Service provides technical assistance and matching grants program to enhance interpretation, visitor information, public access and conservation projects at designated Gateways.

For more information contact: John Maounis (410) 267-5778

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