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Fire Island National Seashore

Fire Island National Seashore encompasses 26 miles of beautiful coastline and 613 acres of fields, forest, and salt marsh at the William Floyd Estate. The dynamic barrier island landscape offers a blend of recreational opportunities and is home to a diversity of marine and terrestrial plants and animals.

Fire Island is just a short drive from New York City, and is a world apart from the bustling communities surrounding it. Explore your national seashore on a ranger-guided canoe tour at Watch Hill; a walk through the globally rare Sunken Forest, a centuries-old maritime holly forest; a climb to the top of the tower at the Fire Island Lighthouse; while camping in New York State’s only federally-designated wilderness; or, on a ranger-led stroll through the fields and forests of the William Floyd Estate.

Fire Island National Seashore was established by Congress on September 11, 1964, following a long history of preservation efforts, most with grass-roots support.


White-tailed deer, the most common find across Fire Island. While native to the Northeastern United States, deer were rarely seen on Fire Island in 1964 when the Seashore was established. Their numbers have increased dramatically since that time due to abundant food sources and a lack of predators.

Other common wildlife include red fox, cotton-tailed rabbit, a wide variety of birds, tiny masked shrew, monarch butterflies, whales, seals, and even dolphins.


National park service

The National Park Service, a bureau of the Department of the Interior, is entrusted with administering approximately 84,000,000 acres of land throughout nearly 400 national park units in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Guam. The mission of the National Park Service is to preserve unimpaired the natural and cultural resources and values of the national park system for the enjoyment, education, and inspiration of this and future generations. This is accomplished through a deeply committed workforce of approximately 27,000 employees (both permanent and temporary) and partnerships with nonprofit organizations, state and local governments, and private industries.

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