• 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 »

Star Gazing

Moon over ocean.

The dark night skies on most parts of Fire Island provide an opportunity to view the stars as you might not be able to see them at home. Natural lightscapes, including dark night skies, are not only a resource unto themselves, but are an integral component of countless park experiences.

Occasional star gazing programs are offered at the Wilderness Visitor Center, Watch Hill, and at the Fire Island Lighthouse.

Search the Schedule of Events for currently scheduled stargazing programs and special Junior Ranger workshops.

 

Did You Know?

Group watching birds near marsh and trees.

You might get to observe a number of birds on a ranger-guided walk at the William Floyd Estate: a blackburnian warbler perched on a tree branch, a woodcock flushed from the fields, or a bald eagle chasing an osprey with a fish over the salt marsh! More...