Smithgall Woods State Park

Smithgall Woods State Park
Reservations 800-864-7275
Park 706-878-3087

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» Visitor Center:
› All visitors must register at the Visitor Center.
» Hunting:
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› The Laurel Ridge Trail is a safety zone and is open for hiking at all times, even during scheduled hunts.
» Fishing:
› Trout fishing on Wednesday, Saturday & Sunday. Daily for cottage guests. Reservations required.
Smithgall Woods is an angler’s paradise. One of north Georgia’s premier trout streams, Dukes Creek, runs through this spectacular mountain property and is a favorite for catch and release fishing. To ensure a quality experience, the number of anglers is limited and fishing is offered only on certain days. As a result, anglers should call ahead for reservations. Five miles of trails and 18 miles of roads allow hikers and bicyclists to explore hardwoods, streams and wildlife.

Smithgall Woods is also an elegant mountain retreat, perfect for romantic getaways, small weddings or outings with friends. Six beautifully decorated cottages —Creekside Cottage, Smithgall Cottage, Dover Cottage, Parkside Cottage, Garden Cottage and Laurel Cottage— provide 17 bedrooms with telephones and television. Some cottages have porches along the stream, while others have private hot tubs. A 1-mile trail leads from the cottages to Dukes Creek Falls.

Smithgall Woods was acquired by the state in 1994 as a gift-purchase from Charles A. Smithgall, Jr., a noted conservationist and businessman.

$5 parking. Annual passes available.

Park Hours:

7 a.m.–Dark

Office Hours:

8 a.m.–5 p.m.

Accommodations & Facilities:

• 5,664 Acres
• 6 Cottages ($195–$595) — Creekside Cottage, Smithgall Cottage, Dover Cottage, Parkside Cottage, Garden Cottage (dog friendly), Laurel Cottage
• Pioneer Campground ($75, non-refundable) — youth groups only
• Visitor Center with Discovery Room
• 2 Picnic Shelters ($35+)

Things To Do & See:

2017 Calendar of Events
• Guided First Saturday Tours
• Trout Fishing — reservations required; catch & release only
• Hiking — 28 miles of trails
• Biking
• Ranger Programs — reservations required
Environmental Education — reservations required
• Picnicking
• Nature Photography
• Wildlife Observation
• Archery — reservations required
• Geocaching
• Weddings — park approval required

Nearby Attractions:

Alpine Village of Helen
• Anna Ruby Falls
Blairsville, Georgia
• Blue Ridge Mountains
• Brasstown Bald
Cabbage Patch Kids/Babyland General
Dahlonega Gold Museum
• Dukes Creek Falls Recreation Area
• Folk Pottery Museum
• Georgia Wineries
Hardman Farm Historic Site
Moccasin Creek State Park
• Raven Cliffs Wilderness Area
• Richard B. Russell Scenic Highway
• Wildwood Outfitters
Unicoi State Park & Lodge
Vogel State Park

Smithgall Woods School Program Brochure

Friends of Smithgall Woods

Make a Reservation
  • 6 Cottages - Reserve
  • 3 Picnic Shelters, 2 Pioneer Camps, Group Reservations & Reunions
    - call 706-878-3087 to reserve.
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Second Saturday Guided Hikes
2nd Saturday of Month 9 AM - 11 AM from Dec 10, 2016 
Take a guided hike through the captivating scenery of Smithgall Woods. Guided hikes will be offered every second Saturday of the month (weather permitting). Throughout the year, hikes will rotate through the various trails located throughout Smithgall. All ages are welcome. No pets please. $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
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First Visit Tours
1st Saturday of Month 10 AM - 11:30 AM from Dec 10, 2016 
Learn more about the park on a tour of the Visitor Center and a van tour. See the covered bridge, the famous Dukes Creek, and our renowned cottages. There is no charge for the tour, but donations are welcomed. $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
Christmas for the Creatures
Saturday, Dec 31, 2016 1 PM to 2:30 PM
Join Smithgall Woods and an Interpretive Ranger to learn about how animals cope with the cold. Help them prepare for the winter by making homemade bird feeders and treats. Learn about hibernation, migration, and other adaptations for colder weather. Take your craft home to help your backyard buddies.  $5 plus $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
Handicapped Accessible
First Day Hike
Sunday, Jan 1, 2017 3 PM to 5 PM
Take a lovely stroll from the Smithgall Woods Visitor’s Center to our rustic log cabin, on a crisp winter day, for some warm cider and a beautiful view. Take a guided hike, starting at the Visitor’s Center, to the cottages of Smithgall. Once there, enjoy a warm apple cider & continue on to Dukes Creek Falls, if you so choose.  Free admittance $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
Smithgall Wag and Walk
Saturday, Jan 14, 2017 9 AM to 11 AM
January is Walk Your Pet Month! We invite everyone to bring their furry friend to the park and join us on a guided hike with dogs. This will be good exercise for your canine companion and kick start some New Years resolutions. All dogs must be people and dog friendly, and must be on leashes. $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
Volunteer Training
Saturday, Feb 25, 2017 10 AM to 12 PM
Make your mark on Smithgall Woods! Learn more about this special conservation area and what volunteer opportunities are available. Arrive early to take a tour of the park and see what it has to offer. $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
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Close Encounters of the Bird Kind
Saturday, Mar 11, 2017 11 AM to 12 PM
Do you give a hoot about Birds of Prey? Join raptor and wildlife educator Beth Thomson as she introduces you to her flock. This will be an hour long presentation and encounter with birds of prey. Come meet our feathered friends! Limit 30.  $10 adult/$5 children $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
Flies and Fly Water
Saturday, Mar 18, 2017 9:30 AM to 12 PM
In preparation for the upcoming spring fishing season, we will have a “how to” on fly tying, stream reading, casting, and more. Come at 9:30 to hear a presentation on Stream Entomology (aka stream critters) by an Interpretive Ranger at Smithgall Woods.  $10/adult $5/Child $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
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Woof in the Woods
Saturday, Apr 22, 2017 9 AM to 12 PM
Join Smithgall Woods for a day of canine companionship. Enjoy canine-related fun and activities, such as pet related vendors, law enforcement canines, adoptable pets from Smithgall Animal Shelter and more. Finish the day by taking your dog on a hike on one of our many canine friendly trails.  $5 plus $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
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Native American Cultures and Medicinal Plants
Saturday, Apr 29, 2017 10 AM to 12 PM
This event will consist of a brief talk about Native American culture in Northeast Georgia and will be followed by a hike looking at medicinal plants used by these cultures. Please call (706) 878-3087 to register. $7 adult pre-paid by April 20th/$10 after.  $7/$10 Adult $5/$7 Child $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
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Master Naturalist
Mondays 9 AM - 4 PM – Jun 5, 2017 until Jul 24, 2017 
In cooperation with the University of Georgia Warnell School of Forestry, an eight week training in conservation and wildlife issues relevant to our southern Blue Ridge ecoregion will be offered. Courses cover ornithology, herpetology, hydrology, and many other topics.  $200 plus $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
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Kids Day at the Park
Saturday, Jun 10, 2017 10 AM to 2 PM
Bring your kids and their endless imaginations for a fun day of learning and play at Smithgall. There will be outdoor games, arts & crafts, exhibits, and much more. Bring your sack lunch.  $10 parking per vehicle. 706-878-3087.
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Junior Ranger Camp
9 AM - 12 PM from Jun 19, 2017 until Jun 23, 2017 
This five day camp explores the Georgia State Parks Junior Ranger program. Campers earn their first badge in the series by honing their observation skills in the park. Activities include a live reptile program, hiking, nature watching, crafts, and recreational activities. A snack will be included. For ages 6-12. Register in advance.  $60 per child/$70 if paid after June 12th. 706-878-3087.
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Smithgall Woods State Park
61 Tsalaki Trail
Helen, GA 30545
White County

Mailing Address
61 Tsalaki Trail
Helen, GA 30545

GPS Coordinates:

N 34.691950 | W -083.767150
Located on Highway 75 Alt, 3 miles west of Helen.

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Smithgall Woods State Park
61 Tsalaki Trail
Helen, GA 30545 View Details

Smithgall Woods State Park