What is the Trail?

What is the Trail? > Finding the Trail

In Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia, more than 25 visitor centers and regional information hubs have Star-Spangled Banner Trail orientation kiosks like the one above with information about places to visit throughout the Chesapeake Bay region. New locations will be added through 2013. You can find these locations in My Adventure Planner and in our map and guide. Download the Star-Spangled Banner Trail map and guide, or order a copy of the trail’s history and travel guide.

Download our Chesapeake Explorer app, to help you discover and get to Star-Spangled Banner Trail sites. Search by location or activity, follow a a recommended tour, or build your own tour. Available for iPhone or Android phones from the iTunes Store or Google Play.

In Maryland, signs (on right) mark the route of the driving trail, which traces troop movements and direct you to other points of interest. Look for similar signs in Virginia and the District of Columbia as the trail develops.

Visit the water trails page to download a guide for the Patuxent, Sassafras or Potomac Rivers.

Over the next year, NPS will also be installing interpretive signs at more than 75 land and water sites along the trail.

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