Directions & Contact Info

Long Island National Wildlife Refuge Complex Headquarters at Wertheim National Wildlife Refuge

340 Smith Road
Shirley, NY 11967
(631) 286-0485 

The grounds are open sunrise until sunset, year round. The visitor center is open Monday - Saturday from 9:00 am till 4:00 pm.


By Vehicle

  1. From the Long Island Expressway (I-495), take Exit 68S to William Floyd Parkway (CR 46S). Make a right onto Montauk Highway (CR 80W), followed by a left onto Smith Road. Follow Smith Road for approximately one-quarter mile (crossing over railroad tracks) – the Refuge entrance is on the right.
  2. From Sunrise Highway (NY 27E), take Exit 58S to William Floyd Parkway (CR 46S). Follow directions as above. 
Transit Directions 
  1. The Long Island Rail Road’s Montauk Branch provides daily service from New York City to the Mastic-Shirley station approximately one mile east of the visitor center. From the station, walk south on Surrey Circle (across from the station entrance) to cross William Floyd Parkway at the pedestrian signal. Continue on Surrey Circle until it reconnects with Northern Boulevard and make a left. Turn left on Smith Road (where Northern Boulevard ends) and the refuge entrance will be 0.2 miles on your right. A limited number of bicycles are allowed on each train.
  2. Suffolk County Transit (SCT) provides bus service on Montauk Highway, located approximately one mile north of the Visitor Center. Riders on the 66 or 68 may walk one mile down Smith Road to the refuge. A limited number of bicycles are allowed on each bus.