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Caleb Smith State Park

Smithtown, Suffolk County

bob-white quail, dock, chipmunk

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Visitors to Caleb Smith State Park have the opportunity to explore many different habitats in this large, undeveloped preserve along the Nissequogue River, including freshwater wetlands, several large ponds, fields and woods. Its diverse habitats support a variety of trees, shrubs, wildflowers and ferns that make the preserve a true refuge for wildlife.

Caleb Smith is a major area for fall and spring migrations of songbirds including warblers, many of which nest in the preserve. Any walk around the ponds during the spring and summer will yield sightings of painted turtles and snapping turtles, green frogs and bull frogs. During the late spring, sunfish can be seen building nests on the bottom of the pond.

Wildlife to Watch

  • Painted turtles and snapping turtles
  • Eastern chipmunks
  • Bob-white quail
  • Songbirds (including warblers)
  • Common and Snowy Egrets
  • Wood frog, green frog and bull frog

Where to Watch

  • Woodland trails
  • Shoreline
  • Bird-feeding station
  • Nature museum
  • Lookouts
  • Visitors Center

Recreational Opportunities

  • Hiking
  • Fishing (including fly fishing)
  • Cross-country skiing
  • Snowshoeing
  • Nature programs

Accessible Features

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This Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation site has accessible features that include a museum and visitors center. A full list of DEC's accessible recreation destinations is available on the DEC website.


543 acres

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Contact Information

Telephone: 631-265-1054
Address: 581 West Jericho Turnpike, Smithtown, NY 11787
Website: Caleb Smith State Park Preserve (leaves DEC website)

Photo credits: South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, John Williams, Jim Clayton