Friends of Caleb Smith Preserve

The Preserve

Take a step back in time at Caleb Smith State Park Preserve. Much of the Preserve's 543 acres are undeveloped, allowing visitors to explore its many different habitats including freshwater wetlands, ponds, streams, fields and upland woods, and providing the rare opportunity to experience nature of the quality that only those who live far from civilization can expect in our times.  The Preserve is an ideal refuge for wildlife, and its diverse habitats support a variety of trees, shrubs, wildflowers and ferns.

Visitors can relax and rejuvenate while developing an awareness and appreciation for the natural world by hiking, birding, pond fishing, cross country skiing or snowshoeing along the many trails of the Preserve, or while fly fishing on the beautiful Nissequogue River which runs through the park.  The Preserve is located at a beautiful old estate nestled in the heart of Smithtown, New York, and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. 

The property has a rich and varied History, with several important structures which chronicle the area’s early settlement and growth from the 17th through the 19th centuries.  

The park also operates a unique Nature Museum, housed in the Caleb Smith House, which offers a series of interactive nature displays, wildlife exhibits, historic background exhibits and educational programs for children and adults.

The park and museum are open year-round; Seasonal Hours of Operation are in effect.


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