Georgia State Parks and Historic Sites
Smithgall Woods State Park

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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.

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

Smithgall Woods State Park

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Best Park, Best Hiking, Best Lemonade
Saturday, Jun 6, 2015 9 AM to 4 PM
Presenter/Location: Smithgall Woods State Park
To celebrate National Trails Day, Smithgall Woods has available 5,664 acres to explore. A variety of trails are available for beginners or experts. Bicycles can be used on our roads to access our hiking trails. Enjoy free lemonade before or after your hike, or both. $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
Kids Day at the Park
Saturday, Jun 13, 2015 10 AM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaPresenter/Location: Smithgall Woods State Park
Celebrate Get Outdoors Month with hands-on exhibits in outdoor sports, recreation and environmental education that give kids a chance to learn ways to stay healthy and appreciate the great outdoors. Kids can earn a badge through active participation... $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
Youth Fishing Days at Buck Shoals
3rd Saturday of Month 8 AM - 12 PM from Jun 20, 2015 until Sep 20, 2015 
Get Outdoors GeorgiaPresenter/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.
First Visit Tours
1st Saturday of Month 10 AM - 11:30 AM from Jul 2, 2015 
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. Park passes are $5 per vehicle. $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
Gold Fever
Saturday, Aug 22, 2015 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/adult plus $5 park pass per vehicle. $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
Your State Parks Day
Saturday, Sep 26, 2015 9 AM to 12 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaPresenter/Location: Smithgall Woods State Park
Come out to help clean and trim the park with seasoned volunteers. Learn about the park and meet great people who love the outdoors. Also take a 2.6 mile hike along Dukes Creek to our cottages (and back) with commentary on the park history and all sorts of other park details. 706-878-3087.
Gretchen Vanderbunt
706-878-3087  Conference Coordinator

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

Trena Allison

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