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Between Route 25A and Long Island Expressway, Calverton, (Credit: Newsday/John Paraskevas)

Between Route 25A and Long Island Expressway, Calverton, 631-444-0270, nwsdy.li/otispp. Season- All year except during Jan. deer season. Seasonal access permits available from state DEC. Daily hunting access permit (free) required Nov.-Jan. Features- 4,500 acres of pine and oak forest, fields, wetlands, ponds. Peconic River runs through area. Bird-watching, fishing and canoeing. Hunters use area Oct.-Feb.

Otis Pike Fire Island High Dune Wilderness

Even at more than 1,300 acres, this eastern section of Fire Island National Seashore is the smallest wilderness area in the national park system but it's the only federally designated wilderness in the state.

Flowering beach plum plants are among the vegetation
(Credit: Newsday/John Paraskevas)

Flowering beach plum plants are among the vegetation covering the interior dunes at the Otis Pike High Dune Wilderness at the Fire Island National Seashore. (May 10, 2012)

Otis Pike Preserve and Picnic Headwaters Natural Resources Management Area

Between Route 25A and Long Island Expressway, Calverton,
(Credit: Newsday/John Paraskevas)

Between Route 25A and Long Island Expressway, Calverton, 631-444-0270, nwsdy.li/otispp. Season- All year except during Jan. deer season. Seasonal access permits available from state DEC. Daily hunting access permit (free) required Nov.-Jan. Features- 4,500 acres of pine and oak forest, fields, wetlands, ponds. Peconic River runs through area. Bird-watching, fishing and canoeing. Hunters use area Oct.-Feb.

A box turtle is right at home among
(Credit: Newsday/John Paraskevas)

A box turtle is right at home among the dunes and marshes of the Otis Pike High Dune Wilderness at the Fire Island National Seashore. (May 10, 2012)

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Flowering beach plum plants and pitch pines are
(Credit: Newsday/John Paraskevas)

Flowering beach plum plants and pitch pines are among the vegetation covering the interior dunes at the Otis Pike High Dune Wilderness at the Fire Island National Seashore. (May 10, 2012)

Flowering beach plum plants are among the vegetation
(Credit: Newsday/John Paraskevas)

Flowering beach plum plants are among the vegetation covering the interior dunes at the Otis Pike High Dune Wilderness at the Fire Island National Seashore. (May 10, 2012)

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