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


  34.69195
Smithgall Woods State Park

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800-864-7275
706-878-3087

Guided Hike to Laurel Ridge Trail
Saturday, Jul 11, 2015 9 AM to 11 AM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaPresenter/Location: Smithgall Woods State Park
Enjoy a guided hike of the Laurel Ridge Trail at Smithgall Woods State Park. Laurel Ridge is a 1.6-mi., moderate hike, demonstrating multiple, different mountain ecosystems.  $5 plus $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
Second Saturday Guided Hikes
2nd Saturday of Month 9 AM - 11 AM from Jul 11, 2015 
Get Outdoors GeorgiaPresenter/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.
Youth Fishing Days at Buck Shoals
3rd Saturday of Month 8 AM - 12 PM from Jul 18, 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.
Bears, Bears, Everywhere!
Friday, Jul 31, 2015 3 PM to 4 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaPresenter/Location: Smithgall Woods State Park
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.  $8 pre-registered, $10 at the door. Includes your $5 parking fee. 706-878-3087.
First Visit Tours
Saturday, Aug 1, 2015 10 AM to 11:30 AM
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.
Why are the Frogs Dying?
Saturday, Oct 10, 2015 11 AM to 12 PM
Presenter/Location: Smithgall Woods State Park
Ranavirus is an emerging pathogen responsible for large numbers of deaths in reptile, fish, and amphibian communities around the world. The community is invited to come for a presentation highlighting what is known about this virus & how it affects certain cold-blooded animals.  $5 if pre-paid $8 upon arrival Fee covers parking fee. 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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