Contact Us

Virginia Tourism Corporation
901 E. Byrd St.
Richmond, VA 23219
Telephone: (800) VISIT VA (800-847-4882)

Department of Conservation and Recreation
203 Governor Street, Suite 213
Richmond, VA 23219-2094
Telephone: (804) 786-1712

The Trail

Upper Oxbow Loop

The rocky Fall Line marks the border of Virginia's Piedmont and Coastal Plain geographic regions. The Falls of the James stopped John Smith and Christopher Newport from traveling farther upriver, and eventually spawned Richmond itself. -- read more

Middle Cypress Loop

Bald eagles, herons, cormorants and a variety of songbirds nest along this stretch of the James River. Stands of cypress grow along the water's edge, and tributary creeks fan into wide marshes.   -- read more

Lower Oyster Loop

Oyster reefs no longer project above the waves, but echoes of the Chesapeake John Smith explored still await along the lower James. Never a true island, Jamestown Island remains hemmed in by forest and marsh, connected to the mainland by only a narrow spit of land. -- read more

Educator Resources

Help your students relive John Smith's adventures -- read more

Find information on other useful websites that contain additional educational resources related to John Smith's adventures -- view list

Order the Trail Maps

Capt. John Smith's Trail is a 40-site water trail and auto tour for modern explorers. Each set of three travel maps features historic descriptions and information for the modern traveler, including where to hike, camp and launch your boat. -- Order Now!