History

   Camp Smith is a New York Army National Guard installation. The camp, formally known as Camp Townsend was established in 1882 by General Frederick Townsend, Adjutant General of New York. The training site was renamed Camp Smith in 1919 in honor of Alfred E. Smith, Governor of New York.

   Camp Smith is located in Westchester County bordering Putnam County in the north. Camp Smith can be accessed from NYS Route 6 immediately north from the City of Peekskill. The Bear Mountain Bridge can be found in the North West corner of Camp Smith and the United States Military Academy at West Point is located across the Hudson River, approximately 10 miles north of the training site.

   Today, Camp Smith comprise of 1,585 acres of training property. Approximately 94 percent of Camp Smith is rugged mountainous terrain ideal for light infantry tactical maneuvers and paramilitary training. The remaining 95 acres cantonment area consists of outdoor ranges, training simulation facilities, administrative buildings and a maintenance shop sitting on a plateau overlooking the Hudson River.