The Sunken Forest

The Sunken Forest, Fire Island: Tickets, Tours, Address, Phone Number, The Sunken Forest Reviews: 4.5/5

The Sunken Forest
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Tara Heagele
Trenton, NJ661 contributions
Peaceful
Jun 2021
The Sunken Forest is absolutely stunning! The boardwalks were well maintained and I didn't find the hike to be strenuous. There are benches dispersed throughout the trails if you need a break. There are views of the forest itself, the beach, the bay, dunes, marshes... so much nature to take in. Beautiful foliage everywhere! Deer roam near the trails and don't mind posing for a picture (just don't get too close). It was so quiet! You just heard birds singing and the waves lapping. Even other folks on the trail whispered a hello. The air was fresh! I went on June 1 and was not bothered by a single bug (temperature in the high 60s with a breeze). It was a peaceful experience.
Written June 1, 2021
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CasaHoffa
Huatulco, Mexico10,498 contributions
What a great place to cool off on a hot summer day
Aug 2020
The Sunken Forest on Fire Island is a great place to cool off on a hot summer day. The wooden walkways meander through the virgin forest allowing sightings of deer, fox, racoons and many many birds and butterflies.
Written October 28, 2020
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Michelle R
Brooklyn, NY9 contributions
Mosquitoes galore
Sep 2020 • Friends
It is absolutely beautiful here, worth the trip but unfortunately the mosquitoes are a killer. I left there with 28 bites on every inch of exposed skin. Wear layers or shower in bug spray because there a swarms of them every few feet. Otherwise, beautiful hike through an ancient looking forest.
Written October 2, 2020
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NiceNYer
New York, NY269 contributions
Boring and brutally hot
Jul 2020 • Family
Very low key and filled with truly voracious insects. Not enough to occupy this young couple and four-year-old daughter who begged us to turn around after fifteen minutes. More appropriate for a romantic evening stroll for a couple. But even in that case, the scenery is unchanging, the feel a bit claustrophobic rather than cozy. I can’t believe I’m saying this since I love nature hikes in general, but this walk is boring and brutal in the summer. PS nearby outdoor showers have no curtains and no privacy.
Written July 8, 2020
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Lolly’s Look
New York City, NY12,336 contributions
The sunken forest
Aug 2019
The sunken forest on Fire Island at Sailors Haven is a beautiful protected national park. Its green, lush and a nice diversion from a day at the beach. There are ranger led guided tours or do a self guided tour. Just remember your bug spray!
Written November 18, 2019
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Jasmine38Chichester UK
Chichester, UK1,513 contributions
Beautiful island to visit but actual sunken forest rather underwhelming
Sep 2019 • Couples
Fire Island is a great day out with its boardwalks, small communities, beautiful beaches and beach houses and scenery. The c2 mile loop through to the sunken forest and back is a nice walk but we couldn't get too excited about the sunken forest itself. IMO rather underwhelming and wouldn't make it the focus of your visit.
Written September 21, 2019
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Kay C
33 contributions
add this must-see to your beach visit
Sep 2019
The Sunken Forest is a unique maritime forest that grows inland from the barrier dunes on the top and slopes of a secondary line of dunes - since it is lower than the beach dunes, it appears "Sunken", A beautifully maintained boardwalk runs through the forest for a mile, and then you can either walk back on a paved road or retrace your steps on the boardwalk The entrance is a few yards to the right of the Sailors Haven ferry landing, where the Visitors' Center is located - stop in to get a guide to the natural sights along the boardwalk; some of the trees are 300 years old It is close to the beach so make sure you see this treasure before returning on the ferry
Written September 7, 2019
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Dan D
Brightwaters, NY39 contributions
A maritime treat
Jun 2019
So close to Long Island and even closer to tourist areas on Fire Island and yet so far removed. What a wonderful way to enjoy nature in a unique environment. It is a National Treasure - hence a National Park. The ferry to this park is from Sayville NY which is the best way(and about the only way) to arrive at Sunken Forest
Written September 7, 2019
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Michael T
Apex, NC973 contributions
Nice Day Hike on Fire Island
Jul 2019 • Family
We did a day Hike to The Sunken Forest National Forest. We left from Ocean Bay and went up about a half mile. The forest is unique and is situated between two sand dunes. Once you see it you would think you are in a forest in Colorado. It is not big and has lot of elevated walking platforms. It is a fun day hike and we took the water tax back. They have a nice bar and food shop at the end of the hike along with bathrooms.
Written July 30, 2019
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Lynn D
4 contributions
Unique coast experience
May 2018
Very cool to walk through a forest so close to the beach, especially for us land-locked midwesterners. A wide variety of vegetation, views, photo ops.
Written November 24, 2018
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