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The Sunken Forest

Fire Island, NY
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Type: Forests
Activities: Group tours/day tour, Viewing foliage, Viewing wildlife
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English first
New York City, New York
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4 reviews 4 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

This is a hidden deciduous forest on the barrier beach of Fire Island and the winding boardwalks and rustic ranger station make it a true gem. Sunken Forest is only a 45 minute walk from the hotel along the beach (no roads or cars on Fire Island - just miles of empty undeveloped beach). The park rangers are engaging, friendly... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

I visited The Sunken Forest while staying in Cherry Grove. The walk was nice if a bit rough as the path south from Cherry Grove towards the Sunken Forest was washed away in Sandy and is still being rebuilt. We quickly learned to detour to the beach to get around the rough patches. The Sunken Forest its;ef was suggested by... More

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New York City, New York
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20 reviews 20 reviews
4 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2014

Sunken Forest is such a beautiful place. The wildlife and nature is amazing, a really nice little hike. If you come, just be sure to be quiet not to scare the nature away!

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Sayville, New York
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41 reviews 41 reviews
5 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2013

the boardwalk through the forest is one of as kind and it opens onto a wide, nearly empty ocean beach. A great place to see the natural beauty of Fire Island.

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Long Island,NY
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32 reviews 32 reviews
9 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2013

Went to Sailor's Haven to visit sunken forest with the kids who wanted to see some animals in nature....we saw nada! I beleive it was a mile long trail on a boardwalk which was lovely but after 1/2 a mile the kids and I were disappointed! Also the end of the sunken forest walk drops u off too far away... More

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New York
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59 reviews 59 reviews
34 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2013

The entire walk on the forest took less than half an hour and the remaining part was a cement path which has nothing much to see. The beach was very nice and not too many people. We were trying to walk to the nearby town Cherry Grove however the pathway lead to the town "disappeared" by the shore and there... More

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New York City, New York
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9 reviews 9 reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2013

We were in Ocean Bay Park and decided to walk to Sunken Forest. The walk on the beach was very nice but a bit long if you are unsure of the distance. There is a gated community between OBP and Sunken Forest so no walkway to use. We found the opening to SF but saw that part of the area... More

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Massapequa, New York
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9 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2013

There is a winding boardwalk that meanders through a holly forest that provides a canopy of shade over the forest floor and is well worth the walk through to the high point of the dunes which the trees come up to but not over...

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Lynbrook, New York
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23 attraction reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2013

We took the ferry from Sayville to Sailor's Haven. We took the first ferry out, at 9:30. We went on a weekday and arrived about fifteen minutes before the ferry and really could have showed up five minutes before. There is no early boarding, lines, wait for parking, etc. Parking was mid prices for Long Island, I think it was... More

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ny
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3 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2013

I can't really remark on the beach aspect of this beautiful area because we really didn't use the beach much. But we took the ferry over, took the tour with the tour guide (very interesting imo), and relaxed in and around the sunken forest. It was beautiful and interesting. If you want a fun beach, don't bother going here; but... More

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