Watch Hill

Watch Hill has the Fire Island National Seashore’s largest complex including three miles of boardwalks. One, about a third of a mile long to the west, brings you to Davis Park. Watch Hill includes seven miles of unspoiled beach in the Fire Island National Wilderness Area.

The Watch Hill area offers a visitor center, a campground with 26 family campsites and 1 group camp site (reservations are needed), permits for back-country camping in the Wilderness Area, ranger-led interpretive programs (including canoe trips), a 188-slip marina with water, 50 amp electricity, and pump-out station; a small convenience store, self-guided nature trail, picnic area, lifeguarded beach (summer only), restrooms, bathhouse, and pay phones.

Watch Hill is a great day trip into the unspoiled natural beauty that is a Fire Island treasure.  The only designated wilderness in the state of New York is the seven mile region between Watch Hill and and Smith Point Bridge, which is uninhabited.

Run by the National Seashore is the Visitors Center, restaurant, snack bar and souvenir shop.   The Center offers information, artifacts, exhibitions, interpretive programs, and nature trails.  The Park Rangers are friendly and offer a wealth of information about the wildlife which abounds here. The beaches are patrolled by Lifeguards.  There is also a large marina, nestled in the cove that has 158 slips.

The Camping is magnificent in this wildlife area and is the only campground on Fire Island.  Reservations are made as much as a year in advance, or by lottery.  Calling cannot hurt though as some spots open up from cancellations.  The Campground is open from May through October. Prices start at $10.00 per night, with a 4 night maximum stay.  For more information and reservations, call 631-289-4810 (January – March)and 631-597-6633 (May 1-Oct.)