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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

Spring 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.


Digital Maps

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Sat 28 May
May Flowers
Saturday, May 28, 2016 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve
(631) 265-1054

April showers bring May flowers. We will start the program inside and then head outside for a pleasant flower scavenger hunt in the preserve. Are you ready?

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

Registration: Required
Thu 02 Jun
Tiny Tots: Nature Discoveries- Colorful Rainbows
Thursday, June 2, 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

April 7th (3/24): Spring Has Sprung
April 21st (4/7): Earth Day Every Day
May 5th (4/21): Flower Power
May 19th (5/5): Birds on the Wing
June 2nd (5/19): Colorful Rainbows
June 16th (6/2): Pond Explorations
June 30th (6/16): I Spy a Dragonfly

Pre-register by date in paranthesis

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

Registration: Required
Sat 04 Jun
Butterfly Safari
Saturday, June 4, 2016 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve
(631) 265-1054

Discover a butterfly's life cycle, metamorphosis and survival technics. Enjoy an expedition into the fields of Caleb Smith to catch, observe close up and release these beautiful insects.

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

Registration: Required
Sat 11 Jun
Junior Angler Fishing Tournament
Saturday, June 11, 2016 09:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve
(631) 265-1054

This fun ‘Catch and Release' Tournament is sponsored by Friends of Caleb Smith. There is a $10 member fee or a $15 non-member fee. All children will receive a t-shirt and goodie bag. Prizes will be awarded.

(Ages 5-8) 9:00 – 11:00 am

(Ages 9-12) 1:00 – 3:00 pm

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

Registration: Required
Sat 11 Jun
2016 Junior Angler Freshwater Catch & Release Fishing Tournament
Saturday, June 11, 2016 09:00 AM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve
(631) 265-1054

This Fishing Tournament is geared towards girls and boys, ages 5 to 12 years old, and is conducted into two sessions. All bait, hooks and bobblers will be provided. A limited amount of light fishing rods will be available for use at each session; anglers are encouraged to bring their own equipment. Pre-registration is required by calling Caleb Smith State Park Preserve at (631) 265-1054.

$10 for members of the Friends of Caleb Smith Preserve $12.00 for non-members Vehicle use fee in effect

Registration: Required

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Did You Know? Great horned owls can be heard in the night.

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