Fire Island National Seashore
Take the ferry from Patchogue or Sayville to visit this ‘island with no roads.” Fire Island has been a special place for a diversity of plants and animals and people for centuries. Today, its unspoiled beaches provide habitat for sensitive flora and fuana, and offer solitude and spiritual renewal to civilization-weary people. Fire Island National Seashore is an extraordinary place. It includes 26 miles of dynamic barrier island with high dunes, centuries-old maritime forests, glimpses of wildlife, and desolate beaches, far from the sounds and pressures of the city. Also part of the park, but located on main land Long Island, you may tour the home of one of Long Island’s signers of the Declaration of Independance, explore New York State’s only federally designated wilderness, and climb to the top of one of the tallest lighthouses in the United States to enjoy a spectacular view of Fire Island. Fire Island provides an opportunity to leave the car behind and enjoy miles of boardwalk and trails, public marinas, a rustic campground, lifeguarded beaches, and visitors centers and programs that help you learn more about the park’s resources. State, county and town-owned public beaches provide additional recreational opportunities on Fire Island. Interspersed are 17 vibrant, diverse private communities, which had been established before the creation of the national seashore. There is no hard-surfaced road connecting the communities, so they are accessible mainly by ferry or private boat. Without paved roads and with limited traffic, the communities have retained much of their original charm and character. Some of these communities have provisions for guests and tourists, while others are strictly residential. A small number of year-round residents endure the hardships of life on an island to help protect and maintain these small communities, until the annual revival of activity with the arrival of summer. The lives of millions of people are enriched each year by visiting Fire Island National Seashore and the communities within its boundaries. The mission of the National Park Service is to preserve Fire Island’s natural and cultural resources unimpaired for the benefit of future generations, while providing for the park’s use and enjoyment by our generation. Enjoy Fire Island respectfully!