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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 - October: hours 9am - 5pm
    November - March: 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
    Non-Profit Buses (By permit only) $35
    Commercial Buses $75

    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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Fri 13 Oct
Spooky Haunted Trails
Friday, October 13, 2023 06:30 PM - 08:00 PM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve
See the park after dark with lantern light while hearing fun, spooky ghost stories for all ages! Family Program. Reservations taken on
Sat 14 Oct
Fall Fishing
Saturday, October 14, 2023 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve
Join us for some fishing fun on Willow Pond! For children under 15. Children's Program. Reservations taken on
Sat 04 Nov
Lovely Leaves
Saturday, November 4, 2023 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve
Enjoy a short nature walk to see some common fall leaves, then create a variety of autumn leaf inspired arts and crafts! Family Program. Reservations taken on
Sat 18 Nov
Forgotten Trails of Caleb Smith
Saturday, November 18, 2023 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve
Enjoy some refreshing autumn air as we embark on some of the hilly, secluded trails of Caleb Smith Preserve. Adult Program. Reservations taken on
Sat 02 Dec
Backpack Adventure
Saturday, December 2, 2023 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve
Borrow a backpack filled with fun experiments that we will complete together on a guided walk as we explore the park! Childrens Program. Reservations taken on

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

Amenities Information

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