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Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail

Designated as the first national water trail, this trail spans 3,000 miles in present-day Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, New York, Pennsylvania, and the District of Columbia following the historic routes of the English explorer’s voyages on the Chesapeake Bay, as well as the York, James, and other rivers between 1607 and 1609. 

The first national park site in Delaware, this monument encompasses a range of landscapes that commemorate the legacy and perseverance of early Dutch, Swedish, and English settlement, a vital aspect of the state's rich history.

A resource-rich watershed located in southeastern Pennsylvania and northern Delaware, this creek and its tributaries not only provide exceptional scenic and recreational values to area residents and habitat to aquatic and non-aquatic species, but also serve as the source of drinking water for Pennsylvania and Delaware residents.


Allegheny Portage Railroad National Historic Site

Operated between 1834-1854, the first railroad built over the Allegheny Mountains played a critical role in opening the interior of the U.S. to trade and settlement. 

Appalachian National Scenic Trail

One of the most famous and longest trails in the United States, the Appalachian National Scenic Trail crosses West Virginia in the Eastern panhandle. Visitors can hike its entirety between Georgia and Maine, or hop on parts of the trail for weekends or day hikes. 

One of the most-visited parks in the National Park System, this scenic and historic area preserves relatively unspoiled land on both the New Jersey and Pennsylvania sides of the middle Delaware River. With 40 miles of the Delaware River flowing through the park, it affords visitors opportunities for swimming, boating, and fishing.

Edgar Allan Poe National Historic Site

The life and work of this American author are portrayed in a three-building complex where Poe lived, 1843-44. 

Eisenhower National Historic Site

The site of the only home ever owned by Dwight D. Eisenhower and his wife, Mamie, it adjoins Gettysburg National Military Park.

This site commemorates the passengers and crew of Flight 93, who, on September 11, 2001, gave their lives to thwart a planned attack on the Nation's capital.

Fort Necessity National Battlefield

The battle at Fort Necessity in the summer of 1754 was the opening action of the French and Indian War. This war was a clash of British, French and American Indian cultures. It ended with the removal of French power from North America, setting the stage for the American Revolution. 

Friendship Hill National Historic Site

This country estate belonged to Albert Gallatin, a Swiss emigrant and Secretary of the Treasury (1801-13) during Jefferson and Madison administrations.

Gettysburg National Military Park

The Battle of Gettysburg was a turning point in the Civil War, providing a Union victory in the summer of 1863 that ended General Robert E. Lee's second and most ambitious invasion of the North. Often referred to as the "High Water Mark of the Confederacy", it was the war's bloodiest battle with 51,000 casualties. It also provided President Abraham Lincoln with the setting for his most famous address. 

Gloria Dei (Old Swedes' Church) National Historic Site

This national historic site features the second oldest Swedish church in the United States, founded in 1677.

Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site

Hopewell Furnace showcases an early American industrial landscape from natural resource extraction to enlightened conservation. Operating from 1771-1883, Hopewell and other "iron plantations" laid the foundation for the transformation of the United States into an industrial giant.

Independence National Historical Park

Located in central Philadelphia, Independence includes structures and sites associated with the American Revolution and the founding of the United States, including the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, and Deshler-Morris House, the oldest official Presidential residence, used by President George Washington.

Johnstown Flood National Memorial

This site commemorates the 1889 flood of Johnstown in which 2,209 people died, and where Clara Barton successfully led the Red Cross in its first disaster relief effort. 

Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail

830 miles of existing and planned trails are focused on connecting the mouth of the Potomac River with the Allegheny Highlands.

Steamtown National Historic Site

Steamtown interprets the story of main line steam railroading between 1850 and 1950. 

The smallest national park in the system, this modest structure in Philadelphia commemorates the life and work of Thaddeus Kosciuszko, a military engineer and an 18th century champion of American and Polish freedom.

Upper Delaware Scenic And Recreational River

The Upper Delaware offers some of the finest recreational opportunities in the northeastern United States. In particular, sightseeing, boating, camping, hunting, fishing, hiking, and bird watching are popular activities in the river area. 

Valley Forge National Historical Park

Valley Forge commemorates the perseverance and sacrifices of General Washington and the Continental Army's winter encampment during the winter of 1777-78. 



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