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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Directions

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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Phone
800-864-7275
706-878-3087

Youth Fishing Days at Buck Shoals
Saturday, Sep 20, 2014 8 AM to 12 PM
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 (no corn) 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.
Georgia State Parks Volunteer Service Day - Your State Parks Day
Saturday, Sep 27, 2014 9 AM to 1 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaPresenter/Location: Smithgall Woods State Park
Friends of Smithgall Woods invites volunteers out to the park to participate in volunteer projects and if new to the park, learn about volunteer projects that are available. 706-878-3087.
Friends Fridays
Friday, Oct 3, 2014 3 PM to 4:30 PM
Friday, Nov 7, 2014 3 PM to 4:30 PM
Friday, Dec 5, 2014 3 PM to 4:30 PM
Presenter/Location: Smithgall Woods State Park
Join Smithgall’s advocacy group, Friends of Smithgall Woods, for an informal monthly meeting. Learn about volunteer projects and initiatives. Meet volunteers and Friends who volunteer and care for the park. The meeting takes place at the park’s Education Cabin; call for directions $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
First-Visit Tour
1st Saturday of Month 10 AM - 11:30 AM from Oct 4, 2014 until Dec 6, 2014 
Presenter/Location: Smithgall Woods State Park
Learn more about the park on a tour of the Visitor Center area and a van tour. See the covered bridge, the famous Dukes Creek, and our renowned cottages.  Donations appreciated. $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
Handicapped Accessible Fall Celebration
Saturday, Oct 11, 2014 12 PM to 4 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaPresenter/Location: Smithgall Woods State Park
Enjoy the natural beauty of the season with hands-on pioneer skills exhibits, hayrides through the park, traditional craft vendors, mountain music, and apple cider from a hand-cranked press. $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
Land Navigation at Buck Shoals
Saturday, Oct 25, 2014 10 AM to 2 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaPresenter/Location: Smithgall Woods State Park
Learn basic use of the compass, features of a map and how to use a map with a compass, pacing, and application of skills learned. Advanced registration required.  $25 or $20 if registered by October 1 $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
Advanced Land Navigation
Saturday, Nov 8, 2014 10 AM to 3:30 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaPresenter/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...  $35 or $30 if registered by October 24 $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
"Green" Bee Keeping
Saturday, Nov 22, 2014 9 AM to 11 AM
Presenter/Location: Smithgall Woods State Park
In this introduction to sustainable practices in hobby bee keeping, guests will learn about pathogen and disease identification, organic treatments, how to help hives overwinter, swarming behavior, creating a bee-friendly yard, and non-toxic pest and disease control...  $20 plus $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
Handicapped Accessible Using a Hand-held GPS Unit - Advanced
Saturday, Dec 6, 2014 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...  $25 if paid by 11/15/14; $30 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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