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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

Summer Nature Programs

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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.

Pet Policy: No Pets Allowed

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

Hours of Operation

  • Park hours of operation: 9am - 4pm, Wednesday through Sunday; year round except holidays.

  • Nature museum hours of operation: 9am-4pm Wednesday through Sunday; year round.

  • 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, 8:00AM - 12:00PM and 12:00PM - 4:00 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 5/31-9/6/21 - Labor Day, 9 AM - 4 PM. After Labor Day, the fee is only charged on weekends. Collected via automatic pay station.

Maps

Digital Maps

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Sat 16 Jul
What's Doing the Blooming? Summer Edition
Saturday, July 16, 2022 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve
Join us on the grounds of the Preserve in search of summer wildflowers! See if you can identify these warm weather treasures with the help of a field guide. Adult Program. Please call for Reservations: (631) 265-1054
Sat 06 Aug
Bat Safari
Saturday, August 6, 2022 07:30 PM - 09:00 PM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve
Enter the mysterious world of these fascinating and misunderstood creatures! Separate myth from reality during a walk around the park at dusk. As the sun sets, we will search for bats as they begin their evening insect hunt!. Family Program. Please call for Reservations: (631) 265-1054.
Sat 27 Aug
Intro to Fishing Clinic
Saturday, August 27, 2022 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve
Join us at scenic Willow Pond for a children's introduction to catch and release fishing. Discover the different types of fishing poles, tackle, and bait, and which is best to use in a fresh water pond. View casting demonstrations and a lesson on the different types of fish that make Willow Pond their home. Then stay for some catch and release fishing! Poles, tackle, and bait will be provided. For children under age 15. Children's Program. Please call for Reservations: (631) 265-1054.
Sat 03 Sep
Dragonfly Safari
Saturday, September 3, 2022 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve
Did you know dragonflies love to eat mosquitoes? Discover the dragonfly's beautiful colors, life-cycle, and fascinating behaviors. Enjoy outdoor observation of these wonderful creatures in their natural habitat. We will even catch and release a few so you may see them up close! Family Program. Please call for Reservations: (631) 265-1054.
Sat 17 Sep
Pond Exploration
Saturday, September 17, 2022 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve
There's more to Willow Pond than meets the eye! Below the surface of the water lives a vibrant ecosystem! Join us for a pond scoop, where we will get a close-up, hands-on look at some of the tiny creatures that make their home in the water! Family program. Please call for Reservations: (631) 265-1054.

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

Amenities Information

  • Amenities
  • Fishing * Freshwater
  • Fly Fishing * Nissequogue River Fly Fishing School
  • Fly Fishing
  • Gift Shop (Accessible)
  • Hiking
  • Nature Center
  • Snowshoeing/X-Country Skiing
  • Visitor Center (Accessible)