Pet Restrictions in Effect March 15 through Labor Day
Dogs/other pets (except for service animals) are not allowed in the wilderness or on any of Fire Island's federally owned oceanfront beaches from March 15 through Labor Day to help protect threatened and endangered beach-nesting shorebirds. More »
Backcountry Camping Permit and Access Procedures
Reservations for required permits must be obtained through www.recreation.gov. Due to the breach at Old Inlet, access to both east and west wilderness camping zones must now be from Watch Hill or points west, and involve a 1½ to 8 mile hike. More »
Attention Watch Hill Ferry Passengers
Due to channel conditions, delay or cancellation of ferry service between Patchogue and Watch Hill may occur. For updated ferry schedule information, please call 631-475-1665.
Learn to identify all different types of plants including trees and shrubs, grasses, and old wildflowers from last summer and fall by observing their bark, buds, and seeds. We'll also observe how Hurricane Sandy damaged the plants.
Experiencing the winter woods in the dormant state is so different from the growing time of summer. Expect to see birds and the occasional evidence of other animal life on this serendipitous exploratory hike.
Dress for the weather and be prepared for a 2 - 3 mile roundtrip walk.More »