What is the Trail?

What is the Trail? > Purpose & Significance

As outlined in the legislation and further articulated in the trail management plan, the purpose of the Star-Spangled Banner Trail is threefold:

  • To protect the sites, landscapes, and routes that help us understand the people, events, and ideals associated with the National Anthem and the War of 1812 in the Chesapeake Bay region;
  • To provide visitors with opportunities to learn about how the War of 1812 is relevant today; and
  • To foster opportunities for land- and water-based recreation and heritage tourism.

The 2004 NPS feasibility study for the trail explored the regional, national, and international impact of the War of 1812. To learn more about how the War of 1812 affected American democracy, policy, economics, culture, and identity, click on a subject below:

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