Fire Island National Seashore

.03/12/2022 – BARK Ranger Hike

BARK Ranger Hike for Dogs and Their Humans

Sat., March 12th, 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Fire Island Wilderness Visitor Center, Smith Point, NY

Dogs and their families are invited to come to the Fire Island Wilderness Visitor Center in Smith Point to a walk along the ocean beach before Fire Island National Seashore closes to pets during the spring and summer to protect endangered birds. Also, learn about the BARK Ranger program, which is designed to educate dog owners about where dogs are allowed on FINS throughout the year. For details, go to BARK Ranger Hike for Dogs and Their Humans.

03/12/2022 – BARK Ranger Hike


BARK Ranger Hike for Dogs and Their Humans

Sat., March 12th, 10 AM – 11 AM

Fire Island National Seashore

Wilderness Visitor Center, Smith Point, NY

(Google Map)

Fire Island National Seashore is inviting all dogs and their families to come to the Wilderness Visitor Center at Smith Point for a walk along the ocean beach before their spring and summer closure to pets. (Ocean beaches are closed to dogs from mid-March until early Sept. to protect federally-protected endangered birds.) Also, learn how to become a BARK Ranger. The National Park Service is actively looking for volunteers to meet and greet dog owners before they get on the beach to educate them about the BARK Ranger program and where dogs are allowed throughout the year. Please remember dogs must remain on a 6-foot or shorter leash at all times. No flexi-leads, please.

Please note: Reservations are Required

For reservations and more information, email or call 631-281-3010.


11/21/2021 – LI-DOG Pack Walk Fire Island National Seashore

Photo Credit: Joann Garguola

LI-DOG Pack Walk™ at Fire Island National Seashore


Sun., Nov. 21st, 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Fire Island Lighthouse Beach

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How to Find Us: Meet us at the far eastern end of Parking Field 5 at Robert Moses State Park.  We’ll walk over to Fire Island National Seashore from there.

On Sunday, Nov 21st, please join LI-DOG for our first ever LI-DOG Pack Walk™ along the beautiful Fire Island National Seashore! Our Pack Walks–group on-leash walks–are a great way for you and your dog to socialize with other pet parents and their pups while enjoying some of Long Island’s beautiful parks and beaches.

For this, our final LI-DOG Pack Walk™  of the 2021 season, we’ll meet at the far eastern end of Parking Field 5 at Robert Moses State Park. Please note that dogs are not allowed on the beach at Robert Moses. To get to Fire Island National Seashore, we’ll walk north and east along the broad grassy shoulder of Robert Moses Parkway and then onto the dirt road that runs south of the lighthouse. There are great views of the lighthouse from the dirt road and the main path to the lighthouse.

Opposite the sign for the Fire Island Lighthouse, we’ll cross over the dunes on a pre-made path to the ocean beach. At that point, you’ll be able either to turn right and head back along the ocean to Robert Moses or if you want to do a bit longer walk, you’ll be able to turn left and walk further East towards Kismet, before doubling back towards Robert Moses. The shorter walk will cover about 1.5 miles and take about 45 minutes, the longer walk will be closer to 2.5 miles. In either case, you will be walking along the shore with your dog enjoying wide open views of sea, sand and sky.

Two additional features make this Pack Walk particularly exciting: 1) The National Park Service, which manages FINS, has advised us that there have been sightings of humpback whales and dolphins lately. It is also common to see hawks and other large birds circling over head. 2) We are hopeful that in addition to our usual contingent of seasoned LI-DOG Pack Leaders, we will be joined by a Park Ranger who lives on Fire Island and will be happy to point out wildlife and other interesting sights.

Please be aware that dogs must remain leashed AT ALL TIMES on the Pack Walk. Please also make sure to bring poop bags–as clean-up is a must! Also, no retractable leashes as we’ll be walking as a group and people and dogs can get tangled.

Please arrive 15 minutes early so you can sign in and we can start on time.


LI-DOG on Meetup

or email

*In the event of inclement weather, please check our Meetup or Facebook Group as we will post any weather-related changes by 9 am Sunday morning.*

This should be a great final LI-DOG Pack Walk™ of the 2021 season!

We hope you and your dog can join us at Fire Island National Seashore on Sun., the 21st!