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. But, in its faceoff with Hurricane Sandy in 2012, the island suffered a breach, altering the look of its welcome mat and trails. The island now holds two disparate sized sections of beach and back bay between Smith Point and Watch Hill. Its Otis Pike High Dune Wilderness remains the only federally designated wilderness in New York State. At 1,380 acres and an interrupted seven miles long, it is the smallest wilderness area managed by the National Park Service.
Flowering beach plum and heather and wild rose accent the untouched 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 continue to invite."