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Fire Island National Seashore

New York’s 19,579-acre Fire Island National Seashore stretches 32 miles along Long Island's south shore, forming a barrier between Great South Bay and the Atlantic Ocean. Thousands flock to this barrier island to enjoy beach-oriented recreation, observe natural flora, fauna and geography and visit the Fire Island Lighthouse. The nearby Otis Pike Fire Island Wilderness, the only federal wilderness in New York, and the Sunken Forest, a 300-year-old holly forest, are also favorite vacation destinations.

Activities at Fire Island National Seashore include sightseeing, hiking, and wildlife viewing on numerous nature trails and the long, sandy beach. New York state campgrounds are located at Watch Hill Campground and backcountry camping is available in Wilderness Area. Canoeing, boating, and fishing are possible in Great South Bay, as well as in the salt marshes between Watch Hill and Smith Point.

The Fire Island Light Station and the Fire Island Wilderness Visitor Center at Smith Point are accessible year-round, though operating hours change with the seasons.