Fort Huger

Important Notices

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Description

Historic Fort Huger extends approximately 1,130 feet along the James River and spans 22 acres. It is a well-preserved abandoned Civil War Fort in Isle of Wight County, situated on a strategic bluff on the south side of the James River. This historic gem is dominated by hardwood forests with a bridge crossing a cypress swamp. The fort itself offers open grassy areas. A variety of songbirds breed at this site including summer tanager, yellow-throated and prothonotary warblers and blue-gray gnatcatchers. Through the trees you can glimpse the James River where wintering waterfowl can gather in abundance. Osprey, terns and gulls circle overhead.

The site’s historic features include a Civil War encampment located outside the fort and a self-guided walking trail along the original 1861 pathway and fort interior. Interpretive signage describes the fort’s historical significance: its strategic role in naval warfare during 1861-62, its construction by free blacks and slaves and a view of the modern day James River Reserve Fleet.

 

Directions

Physical Address: 15080 Talcott Terrace, Smithfield, VA, 23430

From the Previous Site on the Tidewater Loop of VBWT:

From Fort Boykin Historic Park, return to SR 10 Business-West/Old Stage Hwy. and turn right. Follow SR 10 Business for 3.6 miles and turn right onto Rt. 676/Fort Huger Drive. Follow Rt. 676 for 0.75 miles and bear right onto Rt. 686/Tylers Beach Road. After 0.8 miles turn left onto Rt. 2001/Woodmere Avenue. After 0.3 miles turn left onto Lawne’s Neck Road. Travel for 1.4 miles and turn right onto Talcott Terrace. The parking lot will be immediately on the right.

Location & Directions

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Site Information

  • Site Contact: Isle of Wight County Parks & Recreation: 757-357-2291, lturner@isleofwightus.net
  • Website
  • Access: Free, Open daily dawn - dusk

Birds Recently Seen at Fort Huger (as reported to eBird)

  • Eastern Wood-Pewee
  • Acadian Flycatcher
  • Carolina Chickadee
  • Tufted Titmouse
  • White-breasted Nuthatch
  • Carolina Wren
  • Black-and-white Warbler
  • American Redstart
  • Northern Parula
  • Pine Warbler

Seasonal Bird Observations

Facilities

  • Hiking Trails
  • Information
  • Interpretive Nature Program
  • Parking
  • Restrooms