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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

Nestled in the heart of Smithtown, Caleb Smith State Park Preserve is one of only two 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.

No Pets Allowed

Mailing Address
P.O. Box 963Smithtown, 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 - 10/31.

    Wed-Sunday 7-11am and 11:30-3:30pm
    Permit issued & fishing fee collected at beginning of the 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.

Your key to all season enjoyment of state parks is our season's pass. For $65, the Empire Passport provides you unlimited day use vehicle entry into most of our parks. Apply on-line or call your favorite park for more information.

  • Environmental Interpretive Programs
  • Adults 18 & Over: $4
    Children 3-17: $3
    Children 2 & under: Free
  • Fly Fishing
  • $20 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 - 10/31, 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.

Sun 31 Jul
Turtle Crossing
Sunday, July 31, 2016 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve
(631) 265-1054

There are many types of turtles that live on Long Island. We have several that live right here at the park. Through hands on games, discover where they live, what they eat and how they protect themselves. Live animals will be on display.

$4.00 per adult (18+) $3.00 for children (ages 3 - 17) Children under 3 are free unless participating

Registration: Required
Thu 11 Aug
Tiny Tots: “Nature Discoveries”
Thursday, August 11, 2016 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve
(631) 265-1054

This is a special time for both parent and child to discover the wonders of their natural world together. Each program's theme will use nature explorations and hands-on activities as a springboard for learning. Children ages 3-5. Held on Thursdays: 10:00 - 11:00 am

July 14 (6/30) Nature's A B Cs
July 28 (7/14) Sun & Fun
Aug. 11 (7/28) I Can't Said the Ant
Aug. 25 (8/11) The Adventure Bag
Sept. 8 (8/25) A Snail's Tale
Sept. 22 (9/8) A Quail's Tale

$4.00 per adult (18+) $3.00 for children (ages 3 - 17) Children under 3 are free unless participating

Sun 14 Aug
Walking In the River
Sunday, August 14, 2016 09:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve
(631) 265-1054

Meet at the south side booth. We'll take a short walk to enter the upper portion of the Nissequogue River. We will walk down river observing this unique ecosystem. You may wear chest waders, a modest bathing suit or shirt and shorts. You must wear water shoes or sneakers. The water is cold, fast moving and canbe to the waist at times. Bring a walking stick (to help keep your balance), a towel and drinking water. Limited to 10 people

$4.00 per adult (18+) $3.00 for children (ages 3 - 17) Children under 3 are free unless participating

Registration: Required
Thu 25 Aug
Tiny Tots: “Nature Discoveries”
Thursday, August 25, 2016 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve
(631) 265-1054

This is a special time for both parent and child to discover the wonders of their natural world together. Each program's theme will use nature explorations and hands-on activities as a springboard for learning. Children ages 3-5. Held on Thursdays: 10:00 - 11:00 am

July 14 (6/30) Nature's A B Cs
July 28 (7/14) Sun & Fun
Aug. 11 (7/28) I Can't Said the Ant
Aug. 25 (8/11) The Adventure Bag
Sept. 8 (8/25) A Snail's Tale
Sept. 22 (9/8) A Quail's Tale

$4.00 per adult (18+) $3.00 for children (ages 3 - 17) Children under 3 are free unless participating

Fri 26 Aug
Mad Scientist’s Lab
Friday, August 26, 2016 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve
(631) 265-1054

You will conduct several different experiments using household items. You never know what we might Family Program create, split in half, sink and even blow up! We could discuss biology, chemistry, physics, earth science orastronomy. You never know what crazy things are happening in the laboratory!

$4.00 per adult (18+) $3.00 for children (ages 3 - 17) Children under 3 are free unless participating

Registration: Required

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

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