• 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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  • 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 »

Spring on Fire Island

Two deer, which appear to interrupt their grazing, are seen among thick shrubs of beach plum covered with white blossoms.
In May, the white blossoms of beach plum divulge the abundance of this dune and swale shrub. Take a closer look, and you may catch a glimpse of deer browsing among the native vegetation.
Before Memorial Day, the air can still be chilly and the weather is somewhat unpredictable so dressing in layers is recommended. Ferry service to Sailors Haven and Watch Hill does not begin until mid-May, but you can easily walk in from nearby communities where ferries are operating on a limited schedule.

School groups are venturing out to the park and education programs are underway at park sites. The Watch Hill campground opens mid- to late May and offers family sites and one organized group site.

Did You Know?

The uppermost level of a long bridge sloping down to the island is covered by a string of cars and vans.

You may drive to either end of Fire Island, and walk to Fire Island National Seashore from either Robert Moses State Park or Smith Point County Park. You should anticipate long lines of traffic on warm, sunny weekend days. More...