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


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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.
 
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Park Hours:
    • Visitor Center, 8 AM - 5 PM
    • Gate opens at 7 AM
    • Trout fishing on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday (daily for cottage guests). Reservations required.
    • All visitors must register at the Visitor Center.
    $5 parking. Annual passes available.
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  • 6 Cottages - Reserve
  • 3 Picnic Shelters, 2 Pioneer Camps, Group Reservations & Reunions
    - call 706-878-3087 to reserve.
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Events
Bears, Bears, Everywhere!
Friday, Jul 31, 2015 3 PM to 4 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaHave you ever questioned what to do if you encountered a bear? Let us teach you. Hear a presentation given by Tom Hennigan, Associate Professor of Biology at Truett-McConnell, about bear behavior, habitat and more.  $8 pre-registered, $10 at the door. Includes your $5 parking fee. 706-878-3087.
First Visit Tours
Saturday, Aug 1, 2015 10 AM to 11:30 AM
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. Park passes are $5 per vehicle. $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
Second Saturday Guided Hikes
2nd Saturday of Month 9 AM - 11 AM from Aug 8, 2015 
Get Outdoors GeorgiaTake 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.
Youth Fishing Days at Buck Shoals
3rd Saturday of Month 8 AM - 12 PM from Aug 15, 2015 until Sep 19, 2015 
Get Outdoors GeorgiaChildren and their special "big person" can fish in a lake stocked with catfish, bass and bream. Fish caught can be kept. Bring your own bait and rods. This event is not at Smithgall Woods, but at Buck Shoals, a nearby unopened state park. Call for directions. Occurs every third Saturday through September. $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
Gold Fever
Saturday, Aug 22, 2015 9 AM to 12 PM
Gold mining is a fascinating part of the history of Smithgall Woods and the surrounding area. Hear about the history of gold mining with local historians and enjoy a guided hike to the Martin Mine Trail. Register in advance. $5/adult plus $5 park pass per vehicle. $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
Fungus Frolic
Saturday, Aug 29, 2015 9 AM to 12 PM
Why does everyone want to hang out with the mushroom? Because he is a fun-gi to be around! Want to learn more about mushrooms and other fungi? Join us for a fungus presentation and hike with Associate Professor of Mycology at Clemson University, Julia Kerrigan.  $15 if pre-paid, $20 after 8/21. $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
Helpful Herbs
Saturday, Sep 19, 2015 10 AM to 11 AM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaCan I eat that? Ever asked that question? If so, you will love our Helpful Herbs walk. Led by a Master Naturalist, the walk consists of identification, herb preparation, & take-home goodies.  $45 pre-registration, $50 after 9/12. Includes parking pass. 706-878-3087.
Beginner's Birding - Your State Parks Day
Saturday, Sep 26, 2015 9 AM to 12 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaChickadee vs sparrow. Jay vs cardinal. Would you like to be able to tell the difference? Then, bring your binoculars, Beginner's Birding is just for you! Come see an identification presentation, receive your own i.d. guide, & go birding with us, at Smithgall!  $10 if pre-paid by 09/19, $15 after. 706-878-3087.
What's Buggin' You?
Thursday, Oct 8, 2015 3 PM to 4 PM
Come to Smithgall Woods for an educational & informative discussion of entomology. Ento-what? Entomology, the study of insects. Rabun County Extension Coordinator, Amber Arrington, will be the Visitor's Center Discovery Room to discuss insects in general, along with pest management around the home.  Cost is $3, if pre-paid by 10/1, $5 after $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
Why are the Frogs Dying?
Saturday, Oct 10, 2015 11 AM to 12 PM
Ranavirus is an emerging pathogen responsible for large numbers of deaths in reptile, fish, and amphibian communities around the world. The community is invited to come for a presentation highlighting what is known about this virus & how it affects certain cold-blooded animals.  $5 if pre-paid $8 upon arrival Fee covers parking fee. 706-878-3087.
Bags to Baskets
Saturday, Nov 7, 2015 10 AM to 2 PM
Ever wondered what to do with your plastic grocery bags? Throw them away? NO! Make a beautiful gift for someone. Smithgall Woods is offering classes on making fabric baskets, hosted by Gene Pease.  $30.00 per person if you bring your own materials $35.00 per person if we supply materials, except plastic bags. $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
Address/Directions
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 Ga. Hwy. 75 Alt, 3 miles west of Helen.

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


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Smithgall Woods State Park


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