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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
Winter Nature Program Descriptions

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.

Sat 23 Mar
Wind Catchers
Saturday, March 23, 2019 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve
(631) 265-1054

Wind plays an important part in our world. Discover advantages and disadvantages of the wind through hands-on activities and games. Afterwards, you’ll create your own unique wind catcher for your yard. Reservations are required: (631) 265 – 1054
Registration: Required
Sun 24 Mar
South Side Birding
Sunday, March 24, 2019 09:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve
(631) 265-1054

Join us for a slow, pleasant walk along the Nissequogue River taking in the sights and sounds of the wetlands. We’ll seek out our local residents and those returning from a warm hiatus! Plenty of time for photos, so bring your camera! Reservations are required: (631) 265 -1054
Registration: Required
Sat 04 May
I Love My Park Day
Saturday, May 4, 2019 09:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve
(631) 265-1054

Register
Meeting Location for all projects: Nature Museum. Parking Instructions: In parking lot by the toll booth.

Volunteer Project #1: Trail Work: volunteers will be spreading woodchips and or blue stone dust on our walking trails.Please bring: Garden Gloves
Start time: 9am | End time: 12pm. Ages: Appropriate for 13 and up

Volunteer Project #2: Gardening: prep 5 flower beds for planting. Planting flowers in 2 of the beds.Please bring: Garden Gloves
Start time: 9am | End time: 11am. Ages: All ages welcome

Volunteer Project #3: Litter Pick: Picking up trash along our walking trails. (Might be muddy. Please wear appropriate footwear).Please bring: Garden Gloves
Start time: 9am | End time: 12pm Ages: Appropriate for 13 and up

We can accommodate: Small groups, Boy or Girl Scouts Questions? Call: 631-265-1054 Email: kathleen.roth@parks.ny.gov

Registration: Required

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Did You Know? This park offers fly fishing lessons! Call for information.

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