• 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 »

Things To Know Before You Come

Aerial view of Fire Island
While you can drive to either end, there is no paved road down the length of Fire Island. Getting from one point to another, even a few miles apart, can be complicated.
 

Fire Island National Seashore is a complex and sometimes perplexing place to visit or live. Because of the logistical complications, an extra measure of planning may prove valuable in making the most of your visit to Fire Island National Seashore or to the communities within its designated boundaries.

You should be aware that you cannot drive from one end of Fire Island to the other, although some digital maps and GPS programs indicate that such a route exists! See Directions for more information.

 

Did You Know?

Man reads interpretive sign in front of remnants of brick foundation.

The first Fire Island Lighthouse was built at the end of Fire Island in 1826. Today, the Fire Island Inlet is more than five miles west of this foundation. You can see the remnants of the first structure when you visit the present lighthouse, constructed in 1858. More...