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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
Eco-Kids Camp: Caring for the Winged Ones
Friday, Jul 25, 2014 9 AM to 3 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaTons of FunEco-Kids learn ways to support winged creatures in this active, hands-on camp. Kids will build their own bat house and bluebird house to take home. Campers will be in age-based teams in order to maximize learning potential. For ages 6-14.  $100 or $95 if paid after July 7. 706-878-3087.
Georgia Master Naturalist
Monday, Jul 28, 2014 9 AM to 4 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaIn cooperation with the University of Georgia Warnell School of Forestry, this eight-week training is in conservation and wildlife issues relevant to our southern Blue Ridge ecoregion. Meets Mondays through July 28. Register by May 1.  $190 for the series and certification $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
First Fridays
Friday, Aug 1, 2014 3 PM to 4:30 PM
Friday, Sep 5, 2014 3 PM to 4:30 PM
Friday, Oct 3, 2014 3 PM to 4:30 PM
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Join Smithgall’s advocacy group, Friends of Smithgall Woods, for an informal monthly meeting. Learn about volunteer projects and initiatives. Meet volunteers and Friends who volunteer and care for the park. The meeting takes place at the park’s Education Cabin; call for directions $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
First-Visit Tour
1st Saturday of Month 10 AM - 11:30 AM from Aug 2, 2014 until Dec 6, 2014 
Learn more about the park on a tour of the Visitor Center area and a van tour. See the covered bridge, the famous Dukes Creek, and our renowned cottages.  Donations appreciated. $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
Youth Fishing Days at Buck Shoals
Saturday, Aug 16, 2014 8 AM to 12 PM
Saturday, Sep 20, 2014 8 AM to 12 PM
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 (no corn) 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 and Golden Memories
Saturday, Aug 23, 2014 9 AM to 12 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaGold 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. Bring a picnic lunch and hear the history of Smithgall Woods and other Smithgall stories. Register in advance  $5 plus $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
Bartram's Palette and Pen
Saturday, Sep 27, 2014 9 AM to 4 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaIn this new 3-part series aspiring or experienced artists and writers learn to incorporate inspiration from nature into their work.  This 3-day series is $95 prior to 4/27/14, $100 after. $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
Handicapped Accessible Fall Celebration
Saturday, Oct 11, 2014 12 PM to 4 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaEnjoy the natural beauty of the season with hands-on pioneer skills exhibits, hayrides through the park, traditional craft vendors, mountain music, and apple cider from a hand-cranked press. $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
Handicapped Accessible Using a Hand-held GPS Unit - Advanced
Saturday, Dec 6, 2014 10 AM to 4 PM
Students will learn how to load maps and waypoints, create tracks and routes and trip planning using your GPS; performing area calculations using tracks; projecting waypoints; interfacing Google Earth with a GPS unit; using the electronic compass and altimeter. A basic knowledge of the GPS is necessary prior to taking this course.  $25 if paid by 11/15/14; $30 after $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


Make reservations using the options above or call 1-800-864-7275 (Monday-Friday, 8AM-8PM; Saturday-Sunday, 9AM-5PM EST).
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