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Explore the unique wonders of the crown jewel of Fire Island - the Sunken Forest.
The Sunken Forest on Fire Island is a globally rare maritime holly forest. While not really "sunken," the forest has the appearance of being below sea level, as the trail drops down the back side of the secondary dune into a lush canopy of trees. In the heart of the Sunken Forest, it's hard to imagine you're so close to the Atlantic Ocean on a narrow barrier island, where growing condtions are harsh, at best.
This special forest is comprised of a rare assemblage of plants, with a canopy of American holly, sassafras, and shadbush or serviceberry. On this ranger-guided, 1-mile roundtrip tour, you'll have an opportunity to learn about the hardwoods, shrubs and understory plants and some animals that live in this 250- to 300-year-old forest, ancient by barrier island standards.
Take the ferry from Sayville to Sailors Haven (fee charged), then meet the ranpger at the Sailors Haven Visitor Center. Wear comfortable shoes for walking on the boardwalk.More »