Fire Island National Seashore includes 26 miles of a dynamic barrier island with high dunes, centuries-old maritime forests, glimpses of wildlife, and desolate beaches, far from the sounds and pressures of the city. Also part of the park, but on mainland Long Island, tour the home of one of Long Island's signers of the Declaration of Independence, explore NY's only federally designated wilderness, and climb to the top of one of the tallest lighthouses in the United States to enjoy a spectacular view. Fire Island provides the opportunity to leave the car behind and enjoy miles of boardwalk and trails, public marinas, a rustic campground, lifeguarded beaches, and visitors centers and programs. There is no hard-surfaced road connecting the 17 communities of Fire Island, so they are accessible mainly by ferry (from Patchoque or Sayville) or by private boat. Without paved roads and with limited traffic, the communities have retained much of their original charm and character.