Georgia State Parks and Historic Sites
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.
    • First Saturday Tours -- On the first Saturday of each month, take a tour of the park where you'll see the covered bridge, Dukes Creek, rental cottages and visitor center. Free but donations appreciated.
    $5 parking. Annual passes available.




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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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.
Second Saturday Guided Hikes
2nd Saturday of Month 9 AM - 11 AM  
Saturday, Oct 24, 2015 9 AM to 12 PM
Saturday, Nov 21, 2015 9 AM to 12 PM
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.
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.
Fun with Falconry
Saturday, Feb 6, 2016 2 PM to 5 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaLearn about the art of Falconry with Buster Brown, founder of Ga Mountain Falconry. Located at Buck Shoals, a short presentation will be followed by a live hunt. $40/adult, if pre-registered by 1/23/2016, $45 after. Limit 15. Please call the Visitor's Center for registration and information.  $40/adult, if pre-registered by 1/23/2016, $45 after. $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
Survival Preparation and Skills Course at Buck Shoals
Saturdays 10 AM - 3:30 PM – Feb 20, 2016 until Feb 27, 2016 
Get Outdoors GeorgiaTons of FunThis course will consist of a day of classroom instruction (2/20) and one of outside exercises (2/27). The course will include the psychology, planning, and equipment necessary for survival. Instructor: Bob Finke, Master Sergeant, USA Special Forces (Retired).  $40 pre-registered by February 13th, $45 after $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
Volunteer Training
Saturday, Mar 5, 2016 9 AM to 12 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaMake your mark on Smithgall Woods! Learn more about this special conservation area and what volunteer opportunities are available. Register by February 27th. $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
Flies and Fly Water
Saturday, Mar 19, 2016 9:30 AM to 12 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaTons of FunIn 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 Kathy Church, Interpretive Ranger at Smithgall Woods. $10/adult pre-registered by March 12th, $15 after.  $10/adult pre-registered by March 12th, $15 after. $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
Handicapped Accessible Wilderness First Aid
Saturday, Apr 16, 2016 9 AM to 5 PM
Wilderness First Aid is the assessment of, and treatment given to, an ill or injured person in a remote environment where definitive care by a physician and/or rapid transport is not readily available. Based on the American Heart Association first aid model. Taught by a retired National Park Service Ranger/paramedic.  $20/adult if pre-registered by April 9th, $25 after. $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
GPS Basics
Saturday, Apr 30, 2016 10 AM to 4 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaLearn to use a hand held GPS unit with Scott Warner, Retired National Park Service Ranger. Classroom and field work will both be used to cover the basic functions of the GPS unit including marking a waypoint and creating a route. GPS units will be available for use. Register in advance.  $30/adult if pre-registered by April 23rd, $35 after. $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
Youth Fishing Days at Buck Shoals
Saturday, May 21, 2016 8 AM to 12 PM
Saturday, Jun 18, 2016 8 AM to 12 PM
Saturday, Jul 16, 2016 8 AM to 12 PM
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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.
Master Naturalist
Mondays 9 AM - 4 PM – Jun 6, 2016 until Jul 25, 2016 
Get Outdoors GeorgiaIn 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. Call Kathy Church at 706-878-3087 for more info. Register by May 23rd.  $200 per person $5 parking. 706-878-4736.
The Science of Nature
9 AM - 12 PM from Jun 20, 2016 until Jun 24, 2016 
Get Outdoors GeorgiaTons of FunCampers ages 12-18 learn about the major divisions of science through the help of nature. Each day will be devoted to a different branch: Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Ecology, & Geology. Limit 15. $70/student or $75 if paid after June 13.  $70/student or $75 if paid after June 13. $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
Basic Land Navigation at Buck Shoals
Saturday, Oct 29, 2016 10 AM to 2 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaTons of FunLearn basic land navigation to include an explanation of the compass and how it works, true north vs. magnetic north, terrain features and contour lines, application of the compass to the map and map to the compass, and pacing will all be covered.  $40 or $35 if registered by October 22 $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
Advanced Land Navigation at Buck Shoals
Saturday, Nov 5, 2016 10 AM to 3:30 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaTons of FunAfter a short refresher on basics, students, operating in teams of two for safety, will be issued azimuths which will be used to locate a specific location and then return to start point. The established land navigation lanes will be from 2-4 kilometers. Students must be physically fit, able to hike up hill in a wooded area for up to 2 hours.  $40 or $35 if registered by October 29. $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
Handicapped Accessible GPS - Advanced
Saturday, Dec 3, 2016 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.  $30/adult if pre-registered by November 26th, $35 after $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
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.

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

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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