Smithgall Woods State Park

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» Visitor Center:
› All visitors must register at the Visitor Center.
» Hunting:
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› All trails are closed during scheduled hunts. The Laurel Ridge Trail is a safety zone and is open for hiking at all times, even during scheduled hunts.
» Fishing:
› 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.


GPS Coordinates:

N 34.691950 | W -083.767150
Located on Highway 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



Junior Ranger Camp
9 AM - 12 PM from Jun 23, 2017 
Presenter/Location: Smithgall Woods State Park
This five day camp explores the Georgia State Parks Junior Ranger program. Campers earn their first badge in the series by honing their observation skills in the park. Activities include a live reptile program, hiking, nature watching, crafts, and recreational activities. A snack will be included...  $60 per child/$70 if paid after June 12th. 706-878-3087.
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Fungus Frolic
Sunday, Jun 25, 2017 9 AM to 12 PM
Presenter/Location: Smithgall Woods State Park
Why does everyone want to hang out with the mushroom? Because he is a fun-gi to be around! Want to learn more about mushrooms and other fungi? About edibility and toxicity? Join us for a fungus presentation and hike with Georgia Mushroom Club.  $5 per person $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
Master Naturalist
Mondays 9 AM - 4 PM – Jun 26, 2017 until Jul 24, 2017 
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. Courses cover ornithology, herpetology, hydrology, and many other topics.  $200 plus $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
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Birding at the Break of Dawn
Thursday, Jul 6, 2017 7:30 AM to 9 AM
Thursday, Jul 13, 2017 7:30 AM to 9 AM
Presenter/Location: Smithgall Woods State Park
Wake up to the melodious calls of our native bird species. Join the interpretive ranger for some early morning birding at Smithgall Woods. From phoebes and gnat-catchers to red-shouldered hawks, early morning is the time to hear and see birds at their best.  $3 plus $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
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Sounds of Summer: Night Hike
Wednesday, Jul 12, 2017 8 PM to 9:30 PM
Wednesday, Jul 19, 2017 8 PM to 9:30 PM
Presenter/Location: Smithgall Woods State Park
There are sounds associated with summer in the South: the steady hum of cicadas and katydids, the peeping of frogs, the mournful calls of a screech owl. Engage your senses and see what exciting experiences happen at night. This hike will take place on the .5 mile Wetland loop trail.  $3 plus $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
Kids Fishing at Buck Shoals
3rd Saturday of Month 8 AM - 12 PM until Aug 19, 2017 
Saturday, Jul 15, 2017 8 AM to 12 PM
Saturday, Aug 19, 2017 8 AM to 12 PM
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Presenter/Location: Smithgall Woods State Park
Bring your family to a fun, free Kids Fishing Event at Buck Shoals WMA. Kids can bring their special big person to help them catch and keep fish according to fishing limits.  Free. 706-878-4736.
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Eco-Kids Camp: Caring for the Winged Ones
Monday, Jul 24, 2017 9 AM to 3 PM
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 to take home. Campers will be in age-based teams in order to maximize learning potential. For ages 6-13.  $100 or $95 if pre-paid by July 16. 706-878-3087.
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Gold Fever
Saturday, Aug 19, 2017 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 plus $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
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Gretchen Vanderbunt
706-878-3087  Conference Coordinator

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

Trena Allison