A Virtual Tour of the Sunken Forest
As you "emerge" from Fire Island's Sunken Forest, you can see the ocean beyond the swale and primary dune line. Standing on top of the well-developed secondary dune, the forest has the appearance of being below the level of the sea.
The Sunken Forest surprises many visitors, who don't expect to find such a well developed forest just a few hundred yards from Fire Island's sandy beaches and pounding surf. On a hot summer day, the shady, cool forest is a welcome relief from the glaring sun and burning sand of the beach. Sitting on a bench on the forest's nature trail and listening to bird song, the light rustle of wind through leaves and the distant sound of ocean waves is one of Fire Island's premiere experiences.
Watch for evidence of salt spray pruning as you stroll along the Sunken Forest Nature Trail.
Did You Know?
You can walk to the Fire Island Lighthouse from the Field 5 parking lot at Robert Moses State Park. The lighthouse is open year-round, weather permitting. More...