• Miles of uncrowded white sandy beaches extend to the horizon, separating the clear blue ocean and undulating grass-covered dunes.

    Fire Island

    National Seashore New York

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  • 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 »

Accessibility

Woman pushing another person sitting in large-tired beach wheel chair.

A beach wheelchair may be checked out for use at each Fire Island visitor center.

In each area of the park, sections of trail are wheelchair accessible and other sections are not. As boardwalk is replaced, we build it to standards for universal accessibility. It is best to call the specific site you plan to visit for particulars.

We have available at Watch Hill, Sailors Haven, and Wilderness Visitor Centers a special wheelchair, which enables beach travel. The wheelchair is loaned to visitors on a first come, first served basis.

At the William Floyd Estate and the Fire Island Lighthouse, only the first floor is accessible to wheelchairs. At both these sites, exhibits are concentrated on the first floors. At the William Floyd Estate, a photograph album depicts the rooms on the second floor for those unable to reach it physically. At the Fire Island Lighthouse Keepers' Quarters, a filmed version of the Lighthouse tower tour is available to view.

With advance notice, individualized programs may be arranged for groups or individuals with special educational needs or mental challenges. Call park headquarters for information and scheduling.

Did You Know?

Deer standing in thicket of shrubs.

In the mid-1970s, Fire Island's deer herd consisted of only about 50 white-tailed deer. By 2005, the number was estimated to be 500-700 deer. More...