New Backcountry Camping procedures
Reservations for required permits must be obtained through Recreation.gov. Due to the breach at Old Inlet, access to both east and west wilderness camping zones must now be from Davis Park or access points west, and involve a 2½ to 10 mile hike. More »
Fire Island National Seashore's major cultural resources include the historic Fire Island Light Station and the William Floyd Estate. Both of these facilities are maintained to interpret the rich local and maritime heritage.
Because of the frequent remolding of the Fire Island landscape by wind and wave, and other adverse factors in the environment such as salt spray, there are few intact structures more than 50 years old on Fire Island and adjacent islands and bays.
None of the lifesaving stations that were established on Fire Island during the 19th and early 20th centuries remain intact, but a few structures have been moved or converted to other uses.
Although not physically located on Fire Island, the William Floyd Estate is one of two cultural landscapes that have been identified within the boundaries of Fire Island National Seashore. The 613-acre William Floyd Estate is the remnant of a larger 4,400-acre historic plantation that was occupied and use by a single family for more than 240 years for agriculture and recreation.
The NPS Cultural Landscapes Inventory (CLI) is a comprehensive inventory of all historically significant landscapes with the National Park System, identifying and and documenting each landscape's location, physical development, significance, National Register of Historic Places eligibility, condition, and other valuable information for park management. The information contained in the CLI is based on historical research, documentation, and fieldwork, derived from secondary sources usually available in park files and archives and from on-site investigations.
A Cultural Landscape Report (CLR) involves more in-depth research, using primary rather than secondary source material.
Fire Island National Seashore has a recently completed CLI for the Fire Island Light Station, located on Fire Island, and updated the CLI for the William Floyd Estate, the two cultural landscapes that have been identified within the boundaries of the park.
Did You Know?
The Floyd family left to the National Park Service more than 3,000 books from their family's personal library. A number of books were written by descendants of William Floyd, who lived in the house at "Old Mastic." More...