The Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network has added 16 more sites and trails where people can experience and learn about the Bay. The new Gateways bring the total number of parks, refuges, historic ports, museums and trails in the network to 106.
The Gateways Network, coordinated by the National Park Service, is a system of historical, cultural and natural sites and trails, each of which tells a unique Chesapeake story. Together, the network offers a chance to experience and understand the Bay as a whole.
The new sites include the first Gateways located above the fall line, including one in West Virginia. They are:
- Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park, MD
- Great Falls Park, McLean, VA
- Huntley Meadows Park, Fairfax, VA
- Jug Bay Natural Area, Upper Marlboro, MD
- Anacostia Park, Washington, DC
- Concord Point Lighthouse, Havre de Grace, MD
- Pocomoke River State Forest & Park, Worcester County, MD
- Greenwell State Park, Hollywood, MD
- Tawes Museum & Ward Brothers Workshop, Crisfield, MD
- Richardson Maritime Museum, Cambridge, MD
- Spruce Knob – Seneca Rocks National Recreation Area, WV
- Nathan of Dorchester, Cambridge MD
- Rappahannock River Water Trail, VA
- Lower Susquehanna River Water Trail, PA & MD
- Lower James River Water Trail, VA
- Powhatan Creek Blueway, Charles City County, VA
- Gwynns Falls Trail and Greenway, Baltimore, MD
The network will continue to expand. The National Park Service and other partners provide financial and technical assistance to designated Gateways to help tell the Bay story, improve public access and undertake conservation efforts.
A Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network Map & Guide is available free at most Gateway sites, as well as in state welcome centers in Maryland and Virginia. To order a copy, call toll-free 1-866-229-9297 in Maryland, or 1-888-824-5877 in Virginia. Copies may also be ordered online at: www.baygateways.net