Sunken Forest, Fire Island National Seashore, NY

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With
no cars and more beaches than sidewalks, Fire Island is a welcome haven just
beyond New York City. Take a train to Long Island, then the Sayville ferry to
Sailor’s Haven. There you can marvel at a rare holly forest that isn’t actually
sunken, but merely appears so on the leeward side of sand dunes towering along
the 1.5 mile-boardwalk trail. You’re in a freshwater swamp in the midst of a
narrow saltwater barrier island, where the sand ecology soaks up rainwater like
a sponge.

Challenge
Level:
Easy.

Essential
Gear:
Pack a lunch in this fully compostable picnic set;
it won’t affect the fragile ecology of the island. (Urban Picnic Box; $25.)

America's Most Beautiful Coastal Walks

Sunken Forest, Fire Island National Seashore, NY

With
no cars and more beaches than sidewalks, Fire Island is a welcome haven just
beyond New York City. Take a train to Long Island, then the Sayville ferry to
Sailor’s Haven. There you can marvel at a rare holly forest that isn’t actually
sunken, but merely appears so on the leeward side of sand dunes towering along
the 1.5 mile-boardwalk trail. You’re in a freshwater swamp in the midst of a
narrow saltwater barrier island, where the sand ecology soaks up rainwater like
a sponge.

Challenge
Level:
Easy.

Essential
Gear:
Pack a lunch in this fully compostable picnic set;
it won’t affect the fragile ecology of the island. (Urban Picnic Box; $25.)

Courtesy National Park Service/Fire Island National Seashore [1] [1] http://www.nps.gov/fiis/planyourvisit/sailorshaven.htm

America's Most Beautiful Coastal Walks

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