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 »
Some park facilities developed for overnight stays include small convenience stores. Watch Hill has a small general store where you may purchase some essential items and local newspapers. The Sailors Haven gift shop also sells a few convenience items, souvenirs and papers.
Propane tanks and flammables are not permitted to be transported on public ferries. You may bring such items on a private boat, or purchase campstove fuel, charcoal and lighter fluid at the general store at Watch Hill.
Snack bars are located at both Watch Hill and Sailors Haven, operated by Fire Island Concessions LLC. Bottled water is available for sale at the Fire Island Lighthouse.
Communities within a 1-mile walk of Watch Hill (Davis Park), Barrett Beach (Fire Island Pines), Sailors Haven (Cherry Grove), and the Lighthouse (Kismet) have at least one small store or market, open seasonally.
If you’re visiting the Fire Island Lighthouse, you’ll find a snack bar in season at Robert Moses State Park.
From the Wilderness Visitor Center, you may walk to the snack bar at Smith Point County Park.
Island-time hours of operation are not as extensive as you may be accustomed to, so plan your timing and expectations accordingly.
If you have particular dietary or medical needs, or if you’re just persnickety about what you eat or use, remember to pack those items and bring them with you on the ferry.
Did You Know?
You might get to observe a number of birds on a ranger-guided walk at the William Floyd Estate: a blackburnian warbler perched on a tree branch, a woodcock flushed from the fields, or a bald eagle chasing an osprey with a fish over the salt marsh! More...