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Fire Island National Seashore Professional Review and Guide
"Fire Island, a barrier island, stretches 32 miles long and protects Long Island’s south shore from the punishing Atlantic. This circuit travels the beach and back bay between Smith Point and Watch Hill. The back bay and dune swales compose Otis Pike High Dune Wilderness, the only federally designated wilderness in New York State. Flowering beach plum and heather and wild rose accent the dunes in spring. The toe of the seaward dune attracts nesting piping plovers and least terns April through August. A rich coastal landscape, wildlife, and Atlantic Ocean and Great South Bay views jampack this compelling journey."
--Rhonda and George Osterag, Hiking New York: A Guide to the State's Best Hiking Adventures (Falcon Guides).
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