Fire Island National Seashore

Shirley, New York 11967

Fire Island National Seashore

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."

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"Venture eastalmost to the end of this thin 32-mile-long barrier islandto discover a small but still thriving salt marsh, once a flourishing part of the Atlantic coastline. Miles from the city and yet a breeze to reach by train, Fire Island shelters endangered animals like piping plovers, and provides intrepid visitors with family and group campsites near the only federal wilderness area in New York."

Fire Island National Seashore Reviews

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Was a great day for a walk on the beach, lots of wild life to see. Felt really good to get out into the sun. if your looking for a nice walk not on a mtn trail this is one worth it. But I would wait till Fall or early spring before the crowds.

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Trail Information

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2.5-7.5 hours
Fire Island National Seashore, 120 Laurel Street, Patchogue 11772; (631) 687-4750;
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Fire Island National Seashore map (available online).
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Nov 2018