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

Fungus Frolic
Saturday, Aug 29, 2015 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? Join us for a fungus presentation and hike with Associate Professor of Mycology at Clemson University, Julia Kerrigan.  $15 if pre-paid, $20 after 8/21. $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
Second Saturday Guided Hikes
2nd Saturday of Month 9 AM - 11 AM from Sep 12, 2015 
Saturday, Oct 24, 2015 9 AM to 12 PM
Saturday, Nov 21, 2015 9 AM to 12 PM
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 Sep 19, 2015 
Saturday, May 21, 2016 8 AM to 12 PM
Saturday, Jun 18, 2016 8 AM to 12 PM
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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.
Helpful Herbs
Saturday, Sep 19, 2015 10 AM to 11 AM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaPresenter/Location: Smithgall Woods State Park
Can I eat that? Ever asked that question? If so, you will love our Helpful Herbs walk. Led by a Master Naturalist, the walk consists of identification, herb preparation, & take-home goodies.  $45 pre-registration, $50 after 9/12. $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
Beginner's Birding - Your State Parks Day
Saturday, Sep 26, 2015 9 AM to 12 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaPresenter/Location: Smithgall Woods State Park
Chickadee vs sparrow. Jay vs cardinal. Would you like to be able to tell the difference? Then, bring your binoculars, Beginner's Birding is just for you! Come see an identification presentation, receive your own i.d. guide, & go birding with us, at Smithgall!  $10 if pre-paid by 09/19, $15 after. 706-878-3087.
What's Buggin' You?
Thursday, Oct 8, 2015 3 PM to 4 PM
Presenter/Location: Smithgall Woods State Park
Come to Smithgall Woods for an educational & informative discussion of entomology. Ento-what? Entomology, the study of insects...  Cost is $3, if pre-paid by 10/1, $5 after $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
Reed Basket Making
Saturday, Oct 10, 2015 10 AM to 3 PM
Presenter/Location: Smithgall Woods State Park
Have you started thinking about Christmas gifts yet? Whether you have or not, Smithgall has a great gift idea for you. What friend or family member wouldn't enjoy a lovely bread basket made with your own two hands? Come to Smithgall for a class on reed basket making.  $45/$40 pre-registered by 10/3 $5 parking. 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.
Bags to Baskets
Saturday, Nov 7, 2015 10 AM to 2 PM
Presenter/Location: Smithgall Woods State Park
Ever wondered what to do with your plastic grocery bags? Throw them away? NO! Make a beautiful gift for someone. Smithgall Woods is offering classes on making fabric baskets, hosted by Gene Pease.  $30.00 per person if you bring your own materials $35.00 per person if we supply materials, except plastic bags. $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
Fun with Falconry
Saturday, Feb 6, 2016 2 PM to 5 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaPresenter/Location: Smithgall Woods State Park
Learn about the art of Falconry with Buster Brown, founder of Ga Mountain Falconry. Located at Buck Shoals, a short presentation will be followed by a live hunt. $40/adult, if pre-registered by 1/23/2016, $45 after. Limit 15. Please call the Visitor's Center for registration and information.  $40/adult, if pre-registered by 1/23/2016, $45 after. $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
Survival Preparation and Skills Course at Buck Shoals
Saturdays 10 AM - 3:30 PM – Feb 20, 2016 until Feb 27, 2016 
Get Outdoors GeorgiaTons of FunPresenter/Location: Smithgall Woods State Park
This course will consist of a day of classroom instruction (2/20) and one of outside exercises (2/27). The course will include the psychology, planning, and equipment necessary for survival. Instructor: Bob Finke, Master Sergeant, USA Special Forces (Retired).  $40 pre-registered by February 13th, $45 after $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
Volunteer Training
Saturday, Mar 5, 2016 9 AM to 12 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaPresenter/Location: Smithgall Woods State Park
Make your mark on Smithgall Woods! Learn more about this special conservation area and what volunteer opportunities are available. Register by February 27th. $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
Flies and Fly Water
Saturday, Mar 19, 2016 9:30 AM to 12 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaTons of FunPresenter/Location: Smithgall Woods State Park
In preparation for the upcoming spring fishing season, we will have a “how to” on fly tying, stream reading, casting, and more. Come at 9:30 to hear a presentation on Stream Entomology (aka stream critters) by Kathy Church, Interpretive Ranger at Smithgall Woods...  $10/adult pre-registered by March 12th, $15 after. $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
Handicapped Accessible Wilderness First Aid
Saturday, Apr 16, 2016 9 AM to 5 PM
Presenter/Location: Smithgall Woods State Park
Wilderness First Aid is the assessment of, and treatment given to, an ill or injured person in a remote environment where definitive care by a physician and/or rapid transport is not readily available. Based on the American Heart Association first aid model...  $20/adult if pre-registered by April 9th, $25 after. $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
GPS Basics
Saturday, Apr 30, 2016 10 AM to 4 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaPresenter/Location: Smithgall Woods State Park
Learn to use a hand held GPS unit with Scott Warner, Retired National Park Service Ranger. Classroom and field work will both be used to cover the basic functions of the GPS unit including marking a waypoint and creating a route. GPS units will be available for use. Register in advance.  $30/adult if pre-registered by April 23rd, $35 after. $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
Master Naturalist
Mondays 9 AM - 4 PM – Jun 6, 2016 until Jul 25, 2016 
Get Outdoors GeorgiaPresenter/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. Register by May 23rd.  $200 per person $5 parking. 706-878-4736.
The Science of Nature
9 AM - 12 PM from Jun 20, 2016 until Jun 24, 2016 
Get Outdoors GeorgiaTons of FunPresenter/Location: Smithgall Woods State Park
Campers ages 12-18 learn about the major divisions of science through the help of nature. Each day will be devoted to a different branch: Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Ecology, & Geology. Limit 15. $70/student or $75 if paid after June 13.  $70/student or $75 if paid after June 13. $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
Basic Land Navigation at Buck Shoals
Saturday, Oct 29, 2016 10 AM to 2 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaTons of FunPresenter/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.  $40 or $35 if registered by October 22 $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
Advanced Land Navigation at Buck Shoals
Saturday, Nov 5, 2016 10 AM to 3:30 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaTons of FunPresenter/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 registered by October 29. $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
Handicapped Accessible 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-registered 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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