Fort Boykin Historic Park

Important Notices

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Description

Fort Boykin is a small, partly wooded park on a high bluff overlooking the James River. The site dates back to 1623 and commemorates a fort that protected the Commonwealth for 239 years. Subsequently, gardens were established around the ruins of the fort. A 12-station trail interprets the historic aspects of the site. As the trail is walked, white-tailed deer, woodpeckers and a variety of songbirds such as eastern wood-pewee, and northern cardinal, and eastern bluebirds may be encountered. Butterflies flitting along the bushy edges include summer azure, pipevine swallowtail, American snout, and eastern tailed blue. From the bluff, bald eagles and ospreys can be seen soaring over the James River, as well as more common birds such as Forster’s tern, great blue herons, and several species of swallows. The available trails also include beach access onto the James River where a variety of waterfowl can be observed, particularly in the winter.

Directions

Physical Address: 7410 Fort Boykin Trail, Smithfield, VA 23430

From the Previous Site on the Tidewater Loop of VBWT:

From Nike Park, Return 1.0 miles on Rt. 669/Nike Park Road and turn right on Rt. 665. Travel for 1.5 miles to its junction with US 258, turn right onto US 258, and proceed for one mile. Bear right where SR 10 West joins US 258. Continue 7.8 miles on SR 10 Bypass and turn right onto SR 10 East/Old Stage Highway. Travel 0.7 miles and turn left on Morgarts Beach Road/Rt. 673. Go 2.3 miles to Fort Boykin Historical Park Entrance Gate.

Location & Directions

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Site Information

  • Site Contact: Isle of Wight County Parks and Recreation: 757-357-2291, lturner@isleofwightus.net
  • Website
  • Access: Free, Daily, 8am-Dusk

Birds Recently Seen at Fort Boykin Historic Park (as reported to eBird)

  • Mourning Dove
  • Ruby-throated Hummingbird
  • Spotted Sandpiper
  • Laughing Gull
  • Royal Tern
  • Great Crested Flycatcher
  • Red-eyed Vireo
  • American Crow
  • Carolina Chickadee
  • Tufted Titmouse

Seasonal Bird Observations

Facilities

  • Accessible
  • Hiking Trails
  • Information
  • Parking
  • Picnic
  • Restrooms