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Smithgall Woods State Park

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» Visitor Center Notice:
 All visitors must register at the Visitor Center.
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 The Laurel Ridge Trail is a safety zone and is open for hiking at all times, even during scheduled hunts.
» Fishing Notice:
 Trout fishing on Wednesday, Saturday & Sunday. Daily for cottage guests. Reservations required.
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.

Directions

GPS Coordinates:
N 34.691950 | W -083.767150

Located on Highway 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

First Visit Tours
1st Saturday of Month 10 AM - 11:30 AM from Jul 2, 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.
Master Naturalist
Mondays 9 AM - 4 PM – Jul 4, 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. Paid by May 23rd.  $200 per person $5 parking. 706-878-4736.
Get Outdoors Georgia
Second Saturday Guided Hikes
2nd Saturday of Month 9 AM - 11 AM from Jul 9, 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.
Get Outdoors Georgia
All about BUGS Camp
Monday, Jul 11, 2016 9 AM to 12 PM
Monday, Jul 11, 2016 9 AM to 12 PM
Tuesday, Jul 12, 2016 9 AM to 12 PM
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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. Ages 4-6.  $45 per child or $50 after July 2nd $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
Get the Skinny on Snakes
Saturday, Jul 16, 2016 10 AM to 11:30 AM
Presenter/Location: Smithgall Woods State Park
Join Smithgall Woods and an Interpretive Ranger to learn about our scaly neighbors. With the warmer temperatures, we will see more snakes around our yards and houses; learn about their important ecological role...  $3 plus $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
Full Moon Frog Calling
Saturday, Jul 16, 2016 8 PM to 9:30 PM
Presenter/Location: Smithgall Woods State Park
See a different side of the park and join us for a guided night hike of our Wetland loop trail. This easy 0.5-mile loop passes a beaver-made wetland and will be active with calling frogs. The full moon is known to increase amphibian spawning and will produce a symphony of new sounds.  $5 plus $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
Eco-Kids Camp: Caring for the Winged Ones
Monday, Jul 25, 2016 9 AM to 3 PM
Tuesday, Jul 26, 2016 9 AM to 3 PM
Wednesday, Jul 27, 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.
Get Outdoors Georgia
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.
Get Outdoors Georgia
ForestWatch Guided Hike
Saturday, Sep 24, 2016 2 PM to 4 PM
Presenter/Location: Smithgall Woods State Park
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.
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.
Get Outdoors Georgia
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.
Get Outdoors Georgia
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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