Fire Island National Seashore stretches 32 miles from Democrat Point on the west to Moriches Inlet on the east. A barrier island, it stands facing the Atlantic Ocean while protecting the waters of Great South Bay and the mainland of Long Island, New York. Sitting on the fringes of the largest population concentration in the United States, Fire Island is a place rich in marine life, waterfowl, and other wildlife. It is a place to enjoy recreational pursuits, as well as a little solitude.
In 1980 a 7-mile stretch from Smith Point West to Watch Hill was designated by Congress as wilderness, the only area in New York State to be honored in this manner. With the exception of a boardwalk trail for the handicapped at Smith Point West, the wilderness is accessible only by foot.