Chesapeake Gateways

Photo by Peter Turcik

Since 2000, federal legislation called Chesapeake Bay Gateways and Trails has funded work by the National Park Service Chesapeake Bay Office and its partners to provide better access to the Chesapeake and rivers, conserve important landscapes and resources, engage youth in meaningful work and placed-based education, improve recreational opportunities, and interpret the natural and cultural resources of the Chesapeake region.

As the principal partner for the National Park Service Chesapeake Bay Office, the Chesapeake Conservancy helps connect people to the natural and cultural heritage of the Chesapeake Bay and its rivers through a network of over 360 sites and water trails. Chesapeake Conservancy helps to expand the Gateways Network and continually advocates for funding of this important program from Congress. Take a moment to explore the Bay’s many water trails!