Wilderness Facilities & Hours
Wilderness Visitor Center beside Smith Point County Park
July 1 - September 2, 2013 9:00 am - 4:00 pm Wednesday - Sunday and holidays
September 3 - December 31, 2013 9:00 am - 4:00 pm Friday - Sunday and holidays Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas days
Wilderness Permit Office
Due to the impacts of Hurricane Sandy, 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're obtaining a Fire Island National Seashore permit, 15-minute parking is now available beside the Wilderness Visitor Center.
For all others, parking and restrooms are provided at adjacent Smith Point County Park. Fee charged for parking.
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...