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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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GPS Coordinates:
N 34.691950 | W -083.767150

Located on Ga. Hwy. 75 Alt, 3 miles west of Helen.

Address
61 Tsalaki Trail
Helen, GA 30545
White County
BLUE-A-1
Smithgall Woods State Park
61 Tsalaki Trail
Helen, GA 30545 View Details


  34.69195
Smithgall Woods State Park

 


Phone
800-864-7275
706-878-3087

Second Saturday Guided Hikes
2nd Saturday of Month 9 AM - 11 AM from Feb 13, 2016 
Presenter/Location: Smithgall Woods State Park
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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Survival Preparation and Skills Course at Buck Shoals
Saturdays 10 AM - 3:30 PM – Feb 20, 2016 until Feb 27, 2016 
Presenter/Location: Smithgall Woods State Park
This 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 per day pre-paid by February 13th, $45 after $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
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Volunteer Training
Saturday, Mar 5, 2016 9 AM to 12 PM
Presenter/Location: Smithgall Woods State Park
Make 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.
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First Visit Tours
1st Saturday of Month 10 AM - 11:30 AM from Mar 5, 2016 
Presenter/Location: Smithgall Woods State Park
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.
Downstream Privet Project
Saturday, Mar 12, 2016 2 PM to 3 PM
Presenter/Location: Smithgall Woods State Park
Join the Friends of Smithgall Woods for a rewarding volunteer project that will help beautify the Visitor Center area. Learn about the invasive plant privet and help volunteers remove this plant from around the newly rebuilt ADA Visitor Center Trail along Dukes Creek. $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
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Flies and Fly Water
Saturday, Mar 19, 2016 9:30 AM to 12 PM
Presenter/Location: Smithgall Woods State Park
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 pre-paid by March 12th, $15 after. $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
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Dukes Creek Falls Hike
Saturday, Mar 26, 2016 1 PM to 3:30 PM
Presenter/Location: Smithgall Woods State Park
See the beautiful Dukes Creek Falls in the spring when life is returning anew. Ride in the park van to a quick tour of a Smithgall luxury cottage before enjoying a guided hike to Dukes Creek Falls. Limit 14. Register at (706) 878-3087. $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
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Wilderness First Aid
Saturday, Apr 16, 2016 9 AM to 5 PM
Presenter/Location: Smithgall Woods State Park
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...  $20/adult if pre-paid by April 9th, $25 after. $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
Canines for the Cure
Saturday, Apr 23, 2016 8 AM to 12 PM
Saturday, Apr 23, 2016 8 AM to 12 PM
Presenter/Location: Smithgall Woods State Park
Join Smithgall Woods and Relay for Life for a fun day of fundraising and friend-making...  $10 Puppy Pageant registration. $30 5k registration (includes t-shirt). $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
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Firewise Community Preparedness Project
Saturday, May 7, 2016 10 AM to 12 PM
Presenter/Location: Smithgall Woods State Park
Join the Friends of Smithgall Woods as we aim to keep our forest more prepared to fend off a wildfire. Volunteers will clean limb debris piles, blow leaves and remove invasive shrubs. $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
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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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Presenter/Location: Smithgall Woods State Park
Children 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... $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
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Kids Day at the Park
Saturday, May 21, 2016 10 AM to 2 PM
Saturday, May 21, 2016 10 AM to 2 PM
Presenter/Location: Smithgall Woods State Park
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, and stay the day! $10 parking per vehicle. No registration required.  $10 parking per vehicle. 706-878-3087.
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Master Naturalist
Mondays 9 AM - 4 PM – Jun 6, 2016 until Jul 25, 2016 
Presenter/Location: Smithgall Woods State Park
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. Call Kathy Church at 706-878-3087 for more info. Register by May 23rd.  $200 per person $5 parking. 706-878-4736.
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The Science of Nature
9 AM - 12 PM from Jun 20, 2016 until Jun 24, 2016 
Weekdays 9 AM - 12 PM from Jun 20, 2016 until Jun 24, 2016 
Presenter/Location: Smithgall Woods State Park
Campers 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.
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Exploring the Natural Communities of the Blue Ridge
Saturday, Jun 25, 2016 10 AM to 12 PM
Presenter/Location: Smithgall Woods State Park
Join Smithgall Woods and author/naturalist Leslie Edwards for a journey into the myriad habitats of the Blue Ridge. Leslie, co-author of “The Natural Communities of Georgia,” will hold a presentation on local, natural communities, followed by a viewing excursion in the park. All ages are welcome...  $8 by June 18; $10 after June 18. $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
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All about BUGS Camp
Monday, Jul 11, 2016 9 AM to 12 PM
Weekdays 9 AM - 12 PM from Jul 11, 2016 until Jul 15, 2016 
Presenter/Location: Smithgall Woods State Park
Bugs are cool! Youngsters learn about different kinds of bugs and have a chance to explore the world of bugs through observation, food, song, and movement  $45 per child or $50 after July 2nd $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
Eco-Kids Camp: Caring for the Winged Ones
Monday, Jul 25, 2016 9 AM to 3 PM
Monday, Jul 25, 2016 9 AM to 3 PM
Tuesday, Jul 26, 2016 9 AM to 3 PM
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Presenter/Location: Smithgall Woods State Park
Eco-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 pre-paid by July 16. 706-878-3087.
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Gold Fever
Saturday, Aug 20, 2016 9 AM to 12 PM
Saturday, Aug 20, 2016 9 AM to 12 PM
Presenter/Location: Smithgall Woods State Park
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.  $5.00 plus $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
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Smithgall Shindig
Saturday, Oct 15, 2016 4 PM to 8 PM
Presenter/Location: Smithgall Woods State Park
Bring the whole family for some fall fun! Bluegrass music, hayrides, games, craft vendors, canine costume contest, haunted hikes, and so much more!  $5.00 plus $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
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Basic Land Navigation at Buck Shoals
Saturday, Oct 29, 2016 10 AM to 2 PM
Presenter/Location: Smithgall Woods State Park
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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Advanced Land Navigation at Buck Shoals
Saturday, Nov 5, 2016 10 AM to 3:30 PM
Presenter/Location: Smithgall Woods State Park
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...  $40 or $35 if pre-paid by October 29. $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
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GPS - Advanced
Saturday, Dec 3, 2016 10 AM to 4 PM
Presenter/Location: Smithgall Woods State Park
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...  $30/adult if pre-paid by November 26th, $35 after $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
Contacts
Gretchen Vanderbunt
706-878-3087  Conference Coordinator

John Erbele
706-878-3087  General Manager, Smithgall Woods

Trena Allison

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