More Park Facilities Reopen During May 2013
Watch Hill and Sailors Haven marinas open May 10. Limited ferry service from Sayville to Sailors Haven resumes May 13 and ferries from Patchogue to Watch Hill start on May 18. Remaining park facilities to reopen by May 25, 2013. More »
Wilderness Visitor Center
The Fire Island Wilderness is accessible year round by car. Parking is available at Smith Point County Park, where a fee is charged in season. (Special arrangements must be made for overnight parking while backcountry camping.) The Fire Island Wilderness Visitor Center includes a ranger contact station, second floor viewing area and exhibit space, ranger-led interpretive programs, a self-guided nature trail. Rangers issue permits for backcountry camping, and for recreational driving and waterfowl hunting in season.
At the Wilderness Visitor Center, you may pick up park brochures or a Junior Ranger Activity booklet, and watch the Fire Island National Seashore orientation film. Stop by the Touch Table to discover some of the seashells and other ocean life that have washed ashore. During the summer, meet the latest inhabitants of the aquarium.
Learn more about the history and value of the wilderness, the dynamic barrier island, the trees and wildflowers of the dunes and swales, the birds and wildlife that you may see on your walk down the beach or through the Fire Island Wilderness.
At the Eastern National sales outlet, you may purchase books about the history of Fire Island, field guides to the native plants and animals, and interesting items for kids of all ages. Other items can help you better understand and appreciate the value of wilderness.
During the summer, you may participate in one of the ranger-conducted programs. Seaside Stories and Crafts has been a favorite program for children.
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Did You Know?
In the mid-1970s, Fire Island's deer herd consisted of only about 50 white-tailed deer. By 2005, the number was estimated to be 500-700 deer. More...