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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

March/April 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.

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 6/20 - Labor Day, 9 AM - 4 PM. After Labor Day, the fee is only charged on weekends. Collected via automatic pay station.

Maps

Digital Maps

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

Sat 13 Mar
The Trail Less Traveled Hike
Saturday, March 13, 2021 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve
(631) 265-1054

Enjoy some refreshing crisp air as we embark on the red trail, which offers different views than both the yellow and the blue. This is a moderate level hike with some hills. Bring water and good walking shoes/boots.

Due to the Covid-19 safety parameters, space is limited. Reservations are required. Masks are mandatory. All programs are outside. $4 cash, per person.

Registration: Required
Sat 27 Mar
Goodbye Winter Walk
Saturday, March 27, 2021 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve
(631) 265-1054

After a long, cold winter, the local plants and animals are beginning to become active again! Join us for a stroll through the park as we search for signs of spring!

Due to the Covid-19 safety parameters, space is limited. Reservations are required. Masks are mandatory. All programs are outside. $4 cash, per person.

Registration: Required
Sat 17 Apr
Adventure Pack Walk
Saturday, April 17, 2021 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve
(631) 265-1054

We will loan you a backpack filled with fun, interesting experiments to do as we walk through the park. Activities will be completed as a group. (Limited to 12 backpacks)

Due to the Covid-19 safety parameters, space is limited. Reservations are required. Masks are mandatory. All programs are outside. $4 cash, per person.

Registration: Required
Sat 24 Apr
Back in Bloom Walk
Saturday, April 24, 2021 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve
(631) 265-1054

Caleb Smith State Park is home to many beautiful species of wildflower, and now is the time of year when they are starting to awaken again! We'll bring field guides to try to find and identify some of these early spring bloomers!

Due to the Covid-19 safety parameters, space is limited. Reservations are required. Masks are mandatory. All programs are outside. $4 cash, per person.

Registration: Required

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

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)