• 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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  • 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.

Fall Twilight Trek

Group on trail through swale at Sailors Haven.
Experience Fire Island at a quieter time of year, during late September. On the Fall Twilight Trek, you'll explore a variety of barrier island habitats, as well as the western communities of Fire Island.

Take a day hike by the sea and witness the beauty of the barrier beach in autumn.

The Fall Twilight Trek is a nine-mile hike beginning at the Fire Island Pines and ending at the Fire Island Lighthouse. The Twilight Trek is open to anyone who can meet the physical demands of the program: walking nine miles in seven hours, walking long distances in loose sand, and being exposed to the elements including the sun, wind and, possibly, rain.

Registration is required as space is limited. Applications are accepted on a first come, first served basis.

Fall Twilight Trek: Saturday, September 20, 2014

For more information or to request an application please contact the Office of Interpretation at 631-687-4780 or e-mail us.

Did You Know?

Close view of sand showing bands of colors: white, dark grey, and reddish purple.

New York's state gem—the garnet—may be found among the sands that comprise Fire Island's beaches. Due to differences in size and weight of the grains of sand, you may sometimes see ribbons of garnet and magnatite among the white quartz, as the sand settles on the beach. More...