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Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network

The Pride of Baltimore II

Chesapeake Bay Gateways come in many shapes and sizes. The Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network is a partnership system of 165 parks, wildlife refuges, museums, historic communities and trails in the Chesapeake Bay watershed. Whether you're interested in paddling the marshes of the Mathews Blueways Water Trails or visiting Jamestown Island to learn about the first permanent English settlement - the Gateways Network has something for everyone.

Featured Type: Water Trails
Water Trails

Up until just over 50 years ago, boats were often the "vehicle" of choice for moving around in the Chesapeake Region. Now, people look to the Bay and its rivers for recreational canoeing, kayaking and boating. Explore your paddling and boating options on hundreds of miles of new and developing water trails! See all of the Gateway water trails.

Potomac River Water Trail
The tidal stretch of the Potomac River passes through a landscape rich with history before flowing into the Chesapeake Bay. Historic Alexandria, Mt. Vernon, George Washington's Birthplace, the site where Maryland was founded and the colony's first capital, Robert E. Lee's family home, Point Lookout – these are some of ...More info
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