Fire Island National Seashore: Sunken Forest

See centuries-old endangered trees in one of the Eastern seaboard's last remaining maritime forests on this 6.2-mile out-and-back across a diverse barrier island.
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See centuries-old endangered trees in one of the Eastern seaboard's last remaining maritime forests on this 6.2-mile out-and-back across a diverse barrier island.

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 5.0

Waypoints

FIR001

Location: 40.6480407714844, -73.1362533569336

Begin hiking S toward beach, then turn L to hike E on seashell-littered beach

FIR002

Location: 40.6534996032715, -73.1128005981445

Turn L @ wooden beach stairs; muted dunes give way to deep greens found in the sunken forest, home to deer and small critters

FIR003

Location: 40.6550598144531, -73.1120529174805

Good lookout point; enter swampy forest

FIR004

Location: 40.6557388305664, -73.112663269043

Good picnic spot atop a platform surrounded by gnarled trees; turn R toward Sailors Haven dock

FIR005

Location: 40.6555213928223, -73.1105728149414

Corkscrew-shaped trees give way to a popular bird viewing spot; don't miss the pipin plover

FIR006

Location: 40.6569786071777, -73.104736328125

Sailors Haven; turn R to return to beach

FIR007

Location: 40.6554794311523, -73.1033782958984

Turn L to linger on the last sandy stretch

FIR008

Location: 40.6578102111816, -73.0921936035156

Veer L toward Cherry Grove; turn R onto Lewis

FIR009

Location: 40.6598205566406, -73.0902786254883

Cherry Grove dock; retrace steps to entrance, or catch a ferry to the mainland; plan return ferry to coincide with a breathtaking sunset over Great South Bay