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Caleb Smith State Park Preserve

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Address
581 West Jericho Turnpike
Smithtown, NY 11787
Latitude 40.851841
Longitude -73.224815

Winter Nature Programs

Nestled in the heart of Smithtown, Caleb Smith State Park Preserve is one of four state nature preserves on Long Island. Within its 543 acres are a variety of habitats offering guests picturesque views that change with the seasons. Caleb Smith is a passive use park. This not only helps protect the local plant and wildlife populations but also allows visitors to escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and enjoy the quiet serenity that can only be found in nature.

  • The Nature Museum has been recently renovated and showcases natural history exhibits including a Great Blue Heron, Red Fox, Flying Squirrel and a River Otter.
  • Take a gander as you meander along the hiking trails for some of our rare plants like Pink Lady Slipper, Trailing Arbutus, and Indian Pipe.
  • Nature programs are offered, for all ages, year round. Tiny Tot programs are geared for 3-5 year olds and occur on a bi-weekly basis. Programs for children are suited for those ages 5 and up. Family programs are designed for ages 5 and up but younger siblings are always welcome. Adult programs are offered to those who are 18 and older. Reservations are required for all programs.
  • Bird watchers will delight in the variety of feathered friends found in the preserve, such as Prothonotary Warblers, Virginia Rails and Osprey to name a few.
  • During winter months the snowy landscape is crisscrossed not only with animal tracks but also with cross country ski and snowshoe tracks.
  • Fly fishing on the Nissequogue River is available from April 1st to October 15th (NYS freshwater fishing license and reservations required).
  • Children, 15 and under, are invited to fish on Willow Pond from April 1st to October 31st.
  • Meeting space available for environmental use at reasonable rate, call for details.

Find more about park permit information 

For information on educational opportunities & programs in Long Island State Parks, please visit Long Island Environmental Interpretive Center.

Please Note: Pets, Bikes and Picnics are not permitted.

Mailing Address
P.O. Box 963 Smithtown, NY 11787

Hours of Operation

  • Nature museum hours of operation: 8am-4pm Wednesday through Sunday; year round

  • Park hours of operation: 8am- 4pm, Wednesday through Sunday; year round except holidays.

  • Cross Country Skiing: Winter, as weather permits.
  • Environmental Interpretive Programs and Self Guided Trails, open all year.
    Envrion. Programs conducted Wednesday - Sunday only.
  • Fly Fishing: 4/1 - 10/15.

    Wed-Sunday two sessions, 7:00AM - 11:00AM and 11:30AM - 3:30 PM 
    Permit issued & fishing fee collected at beginning of each session.

    For reservations, call 631-265-1054.

  • Junior Angling: 4/1 - 10/31.

Fees & Rates

Most New York State Parks charge a vehicle use fee to enter the facility. Fees vary by location and season. A list of entry fees and other park use fees is available below. For fees not listed or to verify information, please contact the park directly.

The easy-to-use Empire Pass card is $80- and your key to all-season enjoyment with unlimited day-use entry at most facilities operated by State Parks and the State Dept. of Environmental Conservation including forests, beaches, trails and more. Purchase online or contact your favorite park for more information. Learn more about our Admission Programs including the Empire Pass.

  • Environmental Interpretive Programs
  • Adults 18 & Over: $4
    Children 3-17: $4
    Children 2 & under: Free
  • Fly Fishing
  • $25 per 4 hour session (Vehicle entry included)
  • Vehicle Entrance Fee
  • Cars $8
    Non-Profit Buses (By permit only) $35
    Commercial Buses $75

    Collected 4/1 - 11/18, 8 AM - 4 PM. Collected via automated pay station.

Maps

Digital Maps

New! Download this park's digital map to your iOS Apple and Android device.

Thu 24 Jan
Tiny Tots Nature Discoveries: Slippery Seals
Thursday, January 24, 2019 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve
(631) 265-1054

Explore the natural world around us. These programs will connect children and their parents with nature through short walks, animal visitors, and crafts. Children ages 3 -5.
Sun 27 Jan
Southside Winter Walk
Sunday, January 27, 2019 09:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve
(631) 265-1054

Enjoy a walk into the winter woodlands of the south side to discover how nature changes during the winter months. Cross your fingers and hope for a touch of snow to brighten up our walk. Reservations are required: (631) 265 - 1054
Registration: Required
Thu 07 Feb
Tiny Tots Nature Discoveries: Valentines Day
Thursday, February 7, 2019 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve
(631) 265-1054

Explore the natural world around us. These programs will connect children and their parents with nature through short walks, animal visitors, and crafts. Children ages 3 -5.
Sat 09 Feb
Deer Detectives
Saturday, February 9, 2019 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve
(631) 265-1054

Where have all the deer gone? Expand your deer knowledge indoors as we explore the ways of the white-tailed deer. Outdoors we will become deer detectives and search for the clues that the deer have left behind. Reservations are required: (631) 265 – 1054
Registration: Required
Sun 10 Feb
The Trail Less Travelled
Sunday, February 10, 2019 09:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve
(631) 265-1054

Enjoy the refreshing cold winter air with a walk on the Red Trail. Wear good walking shoes and dress warm. Bring water if you like. Moderate hike including some hills. Reservations are required: (631) 265 – 1054
Registration: Required

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Did You Know? Local bats help keep the mosquito population in check.

Amenities, Activities & Information

  • Amenities
  • Gift Shop (Accessible)
  • Museum/Visitors Center (Accessible)
  • Nature Trails
  • Activities
  • Fishing * Freshwater
  • Fly Fishing * Nissequogue River Fly Fishing School
  • Fly Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Recreation Programs * Environmental Education
  • Snowshoeing Trails
  • X-Country Skiing