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James River added to historic Smith trail

Wednesday - 5/16/2012, 5:47pm  ET

RICHMOND, Va. - A 220-mile section of the James River is now a part of the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail.

The addition of the James from the Chesapeake Bay to the fall line in Richmond was announced Wednesday by Interior Secretary Ken Salazar. The 841-mile river trail charts the exploration of the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries by Smith after Europeans arrived at Jamestown more than four centuries ago.

The James River addition crosses nine counties. Like previously designated portions of the river trail, the James addition includes historical points of interest and public access to recreational and tourism sites.

Other rivers in the system include the Susquehanna, the Chester and the Upper Nanticoke.

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