Fire Island National Seashore - Otis Pike Fire Island High Dune Wilderness
|Type:||Day Hike - Out and Back|
|Distance (Total):||1.0 miles / 1.6 km|
|Hiking Season:||- All Year Long|
|Things To See:||- Beach|
|Rating:||Trail has not been rated.|
|Nearby Town:||New York, New York, United States|
Rhythmic waves, high dunes, ancient maritime forests, historic landmarks and glimpses of wildlife—Fire Island has been a special place for diverse plants, animals and people for centuries. Far from the sounds and pressures of nearby big-city life, Fire Island National Seashore’s dynamic barrier island beaches offer solitude and camaraderie, and spiritual renewal to civilization-weary people.
The Otis Pike Fire Island High Dune Wilderness contains a variety of barrier island ecosystems in a relatively natural condition. It is the only federally designated wilderness area in the State of New York. At 1,380 acres, it is also one of the smallest wilderness areas managed by the National Park Service.
Otis Pike Fire Island High Dune Wilderness is within 60 miles of New York City. This wilderness is so close to millions of urban and suburban populations, yet it provides an opportunity to experience the values of wilderness character. Surrounded and buffered by high dunes and salt marsh, you can actually feel miles away from civilization.
In the wilderness, you can be free to explore, to discover a natural barrier island ecosystem, to savor the solitude. However, you must respect the natural resources and expect to provide for your own safety. You're likely to encounter poison ivy, briars, mosquitoes and ticks. From March 15 through Labor Day, pets are not permitted in the Fire Island Wilderness area or on the beach in front of the wilderness.