Pristine ocean shores, an ancient maritime forest, legacies of lighthouse keepers, and the historic estate of William Floyd are just a few of the recreational, natural, and cultural resources of Fire Island National Seashore.
Located only one hour east of New York City, this park offers visitors many types of relaxation and educational opportunities. Whether you prefer backpacking or birdwatching, sunbathing or a school group tour, many adventures await you at Fire Island!
Fire Island has been a special place for a diversity of plants and animals and people for centuries. Today, its unspoiled beaches provide habitat for sensitive flora and fauna, and offer solitude and
spiritual renewal to civilization-weary people.
Fire Island National Seashore is an extraordinary place. It includes 26 miles of a dynamic barrier island with high dunes, centuries-old maritime forests, glimpses of wildlife, and desolate beaches, far from the sounds and pressures of the city. Here you may tour the home of one of Long Island's signers of the Declaration of Independence, explore New York State's only federally designated wilderness, and climb to the top of one of the tallest lighthouses in the United States to enjoy a spectacular view of Fire Island.
Activities include sightseeing, hiking, wildlife-viewing on nature trails and along entire seashore and grounds of William Floyd Estate are available. Camping at Watch Hill Campground or backcountry camping in Wilderness Area. Canoeing, boating, and fishing in Great South Bay, along salt marshes, between Watch Hill and Smith Point.
There are only two bridges to Fire Island National Seashore. The Robert Moses Causeway on the western end of Fire Island leads to parking lots at Robert Moses State Park. The William Floyd Parkway leads to Smith Point County Park on the eastern end of Fire Island, where there are also parking lots. Parking fees are charged at both lots. There are no public roads on the island itself. Park Headquarters is located in Patchogue, NY.
Many Fire Island sites can be reached by private boat from the Great South Bay, with marinas at Watch Hill, Sailors Haven and most island communities.