Motorized off-road vehicle (ORV) use is designated in limited National Park Service areas on Fire Island. Where permitted, ORVs may be allowed only in locations where there will be no adverse impacts on the area's natural, cultural, scenic, and esthetic values, and in consideration of other existing or proposed recreational uses.
The National Park Service recognizes that motorized equipment operated in a national park "could adversely affect the park's natural soundscape and the flow of natural chemical information and odors that are important to many living organisms." (2006 National Park Service Management Policies, 8.2.3)
Because there are 17 residential communities within the boundaries of the Fire Island National Seashore, limited driving is permitted by contractors, utilities, and a small number of residents to support the maintenance of these communities. Such permits are tightly restricted and regulated.
Recreational Beach Driving
Recreational ORV driving is permitted by the Seashore seasonally from the Wilderness Visitor Center on the eastern end of Fire Island. A current valid Fire Island National Seashore Recreational Driving Permit.
As ferry service increases throughout the spring, the National Park Service gradually restricts driving for various permit categories. Please refer to the links below to determine when driving is allowed and how to obtain an exception if you are a permit holder.