Fort Totten to Beechhurst Professional Guide
Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook
"On the north shore of Queens, the land forms small peninsulas between bays of the East River. LaGuardia Airport sits on the westernmost of these peninsulas; Fort Totten is on one farther east, between Little Bay and Little Neck Bay. This decommissioned Army base has been converted into a city park, complete with outdoor swimming pool. The fort was designed in the 1850s, the pre-rifling age, and would never be involved in combat because rifled artillery started to become the norm during the Civil War soon after it was built. (Robert E. Lee had a hand in designing the fort when he was an officer in the Army Corps of Engineers prior to the war.) Its battery wasn’t even completed once test shots fired at it proved it could not hold up to rifled attacks. You see the battery and other historic structures while roaming the grounds of Fort Totten. This walk then takes you through a shoreside park en route to Beechhurst, a residential neighborhood that many consider part of Whitestone."