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Caleb Smith State Park Preserve

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

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 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.
  • 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 park office for details.

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Prohibited Activities: Smoking, Pets, Bikes, Sports, Metal Detecting, Remote Control Vehicles, and Picnics are not permitted.

Photography: A permit is required for all posed photography at Caleb Smith State Park Preserve. This includes wedding, family, engagement, and all other posed photography. The fee is $200 for an hour and a half session during opening park hours. The permit must be obtained prior to the event date. Please contact the park for further information regarding photography permit at (631) 265-1054.

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

Hours of Operation

  • Open Tuesday through Sunday: closed Mondays except holidays.
    April 1st - November 2nd: hours 9am - 5pm
    November 3rd - March 31st, 2025: hours 9am - 4pm

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.

  • Vehicle Entrance Fee
  • Cars: $8
    Buses: $35

    April - Memorial Day: Weekends and Holidays only
    Memorial Day - Labor Day: Tuesday - Sunday and Holidays
    Labor Day - November: Weekends and Holidays only
  • Fly Fishing
  • $25 per 4-hour session (Vehicle entry fee included)
  • Environmental Interpretive Programs
  • Everyone ages 3 and up: $4
    Children 2 & under: Free


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Sat 20 Jul
Summer Fishing 101
Saturday, July 20, 2024 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve
Join us for some fishing fun on Willow Pond! Learn the basics of fishing with a park educator. Appropriate for ages 7 - 15 only. Reservations taken on
Sat 27 Jul
Bat Safari
Saturday, July 27, 2024 08:00 PM - 09:15 PM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve
Bats are both mysterious and often misunderstood. Walk with us through the parkin search of our nocturnal neighbors! Reservations taken on
Sat 17 Aug
Summer Lantern Walk
Saturday, August 17, 2024 08:00 PM - 09:30 PM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve
Join us for a night-themed walk through the Preserve with the ambiance of lanterns! Reservations taken on
Sat 31 Aug
Field Journaling
Saturday, August 31, 2024 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve
Explore the Preserve with a pencil in hand as we sketch the natural world that we observe. All skill levels are welcome and all materials are provided, but feel free to bring your own. For ages 12 and up. Reservations taken on
Sat 14 Sep
Bat Safari
Saturday, September 14, 2024 07:00 PM - 08:30 PM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve
Bats are both mysterious and often misunderstood. Walk with us through the parkin search of our nocturnal neighbors! Reservations taken on

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Did You Know? Many migrating ducks spend the winter on Willow Pond.

Amenities Information

  • Amenities
  • Fishing * Freshwater/Children’s Fresh Water Fishing
  • Fly Fishing * Lessons
  • Fly Fishing * By Permit
  • Hiking
  • Nature Center
  • Snowshoeing/X-Country Skiing