Smithgall Woods State Park

Saturday, September 3, 2016

First Visit Tours
1st Saturday of Month 10 AM - 11:30 AM from Sep 3, 2016 until Dec 3, 2016 
Smithgall Woods State Park - Helen, GA
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.
Second Saturday Guided Hikes
Saturday, Sep 3, 2016 1 PM to 3 PM
Smithgall Woods State Park - Helen, GA
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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Saturday, September 10, 2016

Bears, Bears, Everywhere
Saturday, Sep 10, 2016 10 AM to 11:30 AM
Smithgall Woods State Park - Helen, GA
Have 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. All ages are welcome. The presentation will be held in the Discovery Room, located in the visitor center. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
Handicapped Accessible 
Backpacking 101
Saturday, Sep 10, 2016 1 PM to 3 PM
Smithgall Woods State Park - Helen, GA
Do you like hiking? Do you wonder what you should bring? Join the interpretive ranger to learn the basics of backpacking. Learn how to be prepared for unforeseen circumstances on the trail, the proper way to encounter wild animals, and what to do if you get lost. This will be a presentation followed by a short hike, please wear proper footwear. $3 plus $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
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Saturday, September 24, 2016

Martin's Mine Trail Maintenance- Your State Parks Day
Saturday, Sep 24, 2016 10 AM to 12 PM
Smithgall Woods State Park - Helen, GA
We will be doing a trail maintenance day for our famous Martin's Mine trail. This will include removing invasive species from the trail edges, clearing limbs and debris, and cleaning and refurbishing trail signs. Volunteers please wear clothing that can get dirty. Bring water, a hat, sunscreen and bug spray. $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
ForestWatch Guided Hike
Saturday, Sep 24, 2016 2 PM to 4 PM
Smithgall Woods State Park - Helen, GA
Join Georgia ForestWatch Ecologist Jess Riddle on a guided hike of the Laurel Ridge Trail and surrounding area. She will talk about the plants and animals that make our forest diverse and healthy. Register in advance. www.gastateparks.org/smithgallwoods $5 parking. 706-878-3087.

Saturday, October 1, 2016

First Visit Tours
1st Saturday of Month 10 AM - 11:30 AM from Oct 1, 2016 until Dec 3, 2016 
Smithgall Woods State Park - Helen, GA
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.

Saturday, October 8, 2016

Second Saturday Guided Hikes
2nd Saturday of Month 9 AM - 11 AM from Oct 8, 2016 until Dec 10, 2016 
Smithgall Woods State Park - Helen, GA
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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Saturday, October 29, 2016

Basic Land Navigation at Buck Shoals
Saturday, Oct 29, 2016 10 AM to 2 PM
Smithgall Woods State Park - Helen, GA
Learn 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. $30 or $25 if pre-paid by October 22 $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
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Owl-O-Ween
Saturday, Oct 29, 2016 11 AM to 12 PM
Smithgall Woods State Park - Helen, GA
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! $5 plus $5 parking. 706-878-3087.

Saturday, November 5, 2016

Advanced Land Navigation at Buck Shoals
Saturday, Nov 5, 2016 10 AM to 3:30 PM
Smithgall Woods State Park - Helen, GA
After 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 pre-paid by October 29. $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
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First Visit Tours
1st Saturday of Month 10 AM - 11:30 AM from Nov 5, 2016 until Dec 3, 2016 
Smithgall Woods State Park - Helen, GA
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.

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Second Saturday Guided Hikes
2nd Saturday of Month 9 AM - 11 AM from Nov 12, 2016 until Dec 10, 2016 
Smithgall Woods State Park - Helen, GA
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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Saturday, December 3, 2016

GPS - Advanced
Saturday, Dec 3, 2016 10 AM to 4 PM
Smithgall Woods State Park - Helen, GA
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-paid by November 26th, $35 after $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
First Visit Tours
1st Saturday of Month 10 AM - 11:30 AM from Dec 3, 2016 
Smithgall Woods State Park - Helen, GA
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.

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Second Saturday Guided Hikes
2nd Saturday of Month 9 AM - 11 AM from Dec 10, 2016 
Smithgall Woods State Park - Helen, GA
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.
Get Outdoors Georgia