Caleb Smith State Park
|Description: This park is named for the original resident of the large historic home that
serves as a nature museum. Surrounded by suburban development, a variety
of water and land habitats provide an oasis for wildlife.|
Wildlife to Watch: Explore the forest trails for fox, flying squirrels (very shy and active mostly
at night), yellow-bellied sapsuckers, screech owls and red-tailed hawks.
Discover wood ducks and their babies, great blue herons, kingfishers and
painted turtles near Willow Pond. Other birds spotted in the park include
prothonotary warblers, Virginia rails and osprey. In winter, the pond is
home to migrating ducks such as gadwall, northern shoveler and pintail.
Special Tips: The nature museum and park are open year-round from 8 a.m. to 4
p.m., Wednesday through Sunday. For holiday hours and current entrance fees,
please call the park directly.
631-265-1054, 581 West Jericho Turnpike, Smithtown, NY 11787
Other Activities: Three self-guided nature trails are open year-round for your enjoyment. In
winter, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing trails are available.
Ownership: NYS Office of Parks and Recreation
Size: 1,520 acres
Closest Town: Halesite
Best Seasons for Wildlife Viewing: