The Sunken Forest
The Sunken Forest
4.5
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Elsa C. L.
New York City, NY2,211 contributions
Jun 2022 • Friends
Well-thought of designed and well-maintained wide wooden trail through lush forest rich with nature’s sounds. It’s enchanting to hike while enjoying friends talking about preserved trees that the trail hugs or tree trunks leaning on the trail, the amazing canopy, short sunny areas here and there, views of the beach, plaza-like areas with benches and sight of a bird in a seemingly hurried flight perhaps due to its huge fish🐟 catch! One of our friends is quite observant. He also pointed to a deer🦌 and dolphins🐬.
Written June 24, 2022
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Tara Heagele
Trenton, NJ1,025 contributions
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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Michelle R
Brooklyn, NY9 contributions
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
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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Cathy S
2 contributions
Oct 2021 • Family
We were lucky enough to stumble upon US NATIONAL PARKS Ranger David Raymond. David gave us the most wonderful personal, considerate tour of the unique Sunken Forest. David’s vast knowledge of the Sunken Forest, conservation, nature, flora, fauna, history, impact of climate upon this environment was imparted upon us with tender loving care of his domain. If you are ever lucky enough to find David there....you will have an unforgettable experience with your friends and family. I think, as a multi generational native Long Islander...who somehow, has never visited before....I have discovered what is yet another of the secret treasures Long Island holds. It must certainly be on everyone’s bucket list!
Written October 9, 2021
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Lolly’s Look
New York City, NY12,815 contributions
Jun 2021 • Couples
We live to walk the sunken forest on our visits to Sailors Haven. The boardwalk paths take you on a tour of the lush green forest and lead you to the ocean. You will encounter animals in their habitat-deer, fox, coyote, birds.
Written June 30, 2021
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Lolly’s Look
New York City, NY12,815 contributions
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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Sandy C
Lynbrook, NY213 contributions
Jul 2013 • Family
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 in the 10-14 range for the day.
The ride across was 20 minutes and pretty. The ferry was small, but there are different sized ferries, I guess for different times of day with crowds.
We arrived at Sailor's Haven and the snack bar was telling people that it would be at least 30-40 minutes until opening, which was fine for us as we brought lunch. The menu seemed to be typical beach snack bar stuff.
As this is national park there was a place that had an exhibit with some small (like home sized) aquariums with fish, some shell exhibits, and various things for the kids to touch. I think we spent about fifteen minutes here. They do have junior ranger books which we took and started, but did not complete.
We did the walk through the forest. This was nice. It was a brutally hot day, but the canopy of trees helped.
ONE TIP: If going on a got day in the morning: Go backwards: the ocean side has no cover and gets very hot as it gets closer to noon, while the front part of the tour is under cover. We did the forest part first, from 10:15-10:45, then headed out to the hot part....not smart. GO IN REVERSE of the map. Which means, start at the bathrooms, and head west through the double dunes, and then north back into the forest for the second part of your journey.
We did not do the beach, as we live on Long Island and do the beaches all the time. We did not want to haul all of our beach stuff to fire island for the day. But if you want a beach day, over the hill by the bathroom is a nice beach with lifeguards.
The bathrooms were OK. Not super clean, but not terrible. The showers, however, had curtains, but were outdoors and the curtains were practically see through. You would have to wear a bathing suit if over the age of 5.
We spent about 2 hours touring, which was enough. We caught the 11:30 ferry back, which was perfect. The kids wanted to finish their ranger books, but after that the next ferry was 1:45 and I did not see enough there to fill our time. We ate our picnic lunch on the deck of the snack bar and took the ferry back to Sayville.
We were glad to finally visit Fire Island.
If you are looking for restaurants and nightlife and more to do, you need to look into the other towns and ferry destinations. This is basically a beach and nature walk.

Also, there are no lockers, so I am not sure, if you wanted to store some stuff while you did the nature walk, where you would put it.
Written July 17, 2013
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Ed P
Fort Lauderdale49 contributions
Sep 2017 • Friends
Because the Sunken Forest is a barrier island, it is necessary to take the Sayville Ferry from Sayville, New York to the Sunken Forest or to Cherry Grove (a short walk to the Sunken Forest from Cherry Grove). Fir trees canopy most of the forest and there is a trail that goes along the Great South Bay area of this attraction. The width of Fire Island is about one quarter mile. It is a peaceful national park donated by the Rockefeller family to be part of the national seashore. Hamlets on each side of it have facilities and restaurants and bars, but the forest is still pristine.
Written June 19, 2018
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drugmom666
Brooklyn, NY1 contribution
Aug 2016 • Business
The sunken forest is best approached via the hallways of always. We went on a sunny day, and immediately left our bodies behind to gambol with the local spirits there. The runes on the trees were somewhat difficult to decipher, but in the end, we appreciated the challenge. There was a lot of wildlife there, although some was reluctant to show itself by coming out of the bushes. Luckily, we didn't care what it was. Immediately upon exiting, we saw an evil deer that had likely been hitting the spice and ran so fast. Beautiful and swampy. Many cool sticks. Don't forget napkins. Stay on the path, idiots!
Written August 28, 2016
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