• 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 »

Wilderness Facilities & Hours

Wilderness Visitor Center

Wilderness Visitor Center (adjacent to Smith Point County Park)
CR-46 (William Floyd Parkway)
Mastic Beach, NY 11951
Phone: 631-281-3010

9:00 am - 4:00 pm, Friday - Sunday
(Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas days)

No backcountry camping permits are being issued from this office. Effective May 15, 2013, reservations for a required permit may be obtained at Recreation.gov for overnight stays starting May 25, 2013. Check-in is now required at Watch Hill for access to both the eastern and western wilderness/backcountry camping zones!


If you are visiting to obtain a Fire Island National Seashore permit, 15-minute parking is now available in front of the Wilderness Visitor Center.

For all others, parking and restrooms are provided at adjacent Smith Point County Park. Fee charged for parking seasonally.

Did You Know?

Ranger presents talk to group on beach.

A variety of ranger-guided programs are offered year-round at Fire Island National Seashore. Each activity provides an opportunity to learn more about the park and what makes it such a special place. More...