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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

RestroomsParkingFishingCross Country SkiingHikingVisitor CenterHorse TrailsHandicap AccessibleFeeLarge BoatsSmall BoatsBicyclingAuto Tour

Best Seasons for Wildlife Viewing:

Red Admiral Butterfly - Photo by Gerry Lemmo
Please see map link below

Driving Directions:
From I-495 E/Long Island Expy., take exit 39 toward Glen Cove Rd./ Hempstead/Glen Cove. Merge onto Old Westbury Rd. Turn left onto Glen Cove Rd./ NYS Rte. 900B. Turn right onto NY 25A E/N. Hempstead Turnpike/Northern Blvd. After 12 miles, turn left onto W. Neck Rd. After nearly 5 miles, W. Neck Rd. turns slightly right and becomes Lloyd Harbor Rd.

From I-495 W/Long Island Expy., take exit 44 to merge onto NY-135 N toward Syosset. Take exit 14E for New York 25 E. toward Woodbury. Make a slight right onto Jericho Tpk. Turn left onto Woodbury Rd., and continue onto Co. Rd. 11. Turn left onto Woodbury Rd. Stay on Woodbury Rd., and continue to W. Neck Rd. Follow directions above from W. Neck Rd.

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Caleb Smith State Park : Wildlife Viewing Area