ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Trails along four major Chesapeake Bay tributaries are being added to the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail.

The trail established in 2006 allows visitors to relieve Smith’s exploration of the Chesapeake from 1607 to 1609, when he and his crew mapped nearly 3,000 miles of the bay and its rivers as well as documenting American Indian communities.

Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley and Interior Secretary Ken Salazar are scheduled to speak Wednesday at Sandy Point State Park, where the trails covering five states will be designated as part of the historic trail network.

The new designations cover trails along the Susquehanna, Chester, Upper Nanticoke and Upper James Rivers.

The new designation will also recognize the significance of the rivers to 17th century Native American cultures and Indian trade routes.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)


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