• 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.

Fire Island 2-Day Trek

Individuals stroll down quiet wide beach.
On the Fire Island Trek, you'll experience miles of wide open beaches, interspersed with the sights and sounds of Fire Island National Seashore's developed areas--Watch Hill, Barrett Beach, Sailors Haven, Fire Island Lighthouse--and the 17 Fire Island communities and other small settlements between them. 
 

The Fire Island Trek is a two day, thirteen mile hike beginning at the Watch Hill Visitor Center and ending at the Fire Island Lighthouse. The Trek is open to anyone who can meet the physical demands of the program: walking 13 miles in 2 consecutive days, walking long distances in loose sand and being exposed to the elements including the sun, wind and possibly rain.

Limited logistical support is available, but you must pay for some meals along the way. A $85.00 fee is charged for this program to cover the costs of lodging, some meals, ferry and logistical support. Registration is required as space is limited. Applications are accepted on a first come, first served basis.

 
Two-day Trek: Thursday, September 4 through Friday, September 5, 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-up view of roots and sand grains beneath golden stems.

Tiny rootlets of the American beach grass (Ammophila breviligulata) and mycorrhyzal fungi hold together the grains of sand that make up sand dunes on Fire Island. You can help protect the dunes by not walking or driving over the beach grass. More...