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.

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Smithgall Woods State Park
61 Tsalaki Trail
Helen, GA 30545
 


Phone
800-864-7275
706-878-3087

Wilderness First Aid
Saturday, Apr 19, 2014 9 AM to 4 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaPresenter/Location: Smithgall Woods State Park
Wilderness First Aid (WFA) 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 Assoc. first aid model. Taught by a retired NPS ranger/paramedic. $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
Conservation Club
Saturday, Apr 19, 2014 10:30 AM to 1 PM
Saturday, May 3, 2014 10:30 AM to 1 PM
Saturday, May 17, 2014 10:30 AM to 1 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaPresenter/Location: Smithgall Woods State Park
Club programs will educate members on wise land management principles and current conservation issues. Activities/projects will promote an understanding of the varied North Georgia mountain ecosystems and how to protect them. Classroom and lots of hands-on work with conservation projects...  $80.00 if registered by December 1; $90.00 after $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
Spring Cleaning on the Farm
Saturday, Apr 26, 2014 1 PM to 4 PM
Presenter/Location: Smithgall Woods State Park
Step back in time by volunteering at Hardman Farm located in Nacoochee, Georgia. Volunteers will help with mostly indoor tasks that will help spruce up the house for spring time. Cleaning will begin at 1:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. Register by April 23. 706-878-3087.
Bartram's Palette and Pen Open House
Sunday, Apr 27, 2014 1 PM to 4 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaPresenter/Location: Smithgall Woods State Park
The purpose of this open house is to introduce a new series for aspiring or experienced artists and writers; to open ways to incorporate inspiration from nature into their work... $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
Sunday Tours at Hardman Farm
Sunday, Apr 27, 2014 1 PM to 4 PM
Presenter/Location: Smithgall Woods State Park
Enjoy a Sunday afternoon tour of Hardman Farm and experience the beauty of the Nacoochee Valley. Also, enjoy the sound of live music on the porch just as the Hardman Family did years ago. Register by April 23.  $10 per person. 706-878-3087.
First Fridays
Friday, May 2, 2014 3 PM to 4:30 PM
Friday, Jun 6, 2014 3 PM to 4:30 PM
Friday, Jul 4, 2014 3 PM to 4:30 PM
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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 May 3, 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.
Youth Fishing Days at Buck Shoals
Saturday, May 17, 2014 8 AM to 12 PM
Saturday, Jun 21, 2014 8 AM to 12 PM
Saturday, Jul 19, 2014 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 (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.
Bartram's Palette and Pen
Saturday, May 17, 2014 9 AM to 4 PM
Saturday, Jul 12, 2014 9 AM to 4 PM
Saturday, Sep 27, 2014 9 AM to 4 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaPresenter/Location: Smithgall Woods State Park
In this new 3-part series aspiring or experienced artists and writers learn to incorporate inspiration from nature into their work.  This 3-day series is $95 prior to 4/27/14, $100 after. $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
Wildflower Hunt at Hardman Farm
Saturday, May 17, 2014 9 AM to 11 AM
Presenter/Location: Smithgall Woods State Park
Enjoy a stroll around Hardman Farm enjoying the arrival of spring. Learn about flowers and plants that grow on this historic farm. This walk does not include a tour of the home. Register by May 14.  $5. 706-878-3087.
Guided Tours at Hardman Farm State Historic Site
Saturday, May 17, 2014 1 PM to 6 PM
Presenter/Location: Smithgall Woods State Park
Experience a rare opportunity to learn the secrets and history of this 143-year-old former governor’s farm from a park interpretive ranger. Tours take place at 1:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m., and 4:30 p.m.. Tours will last approximately 1 ½ hours. Register in Advance. Space is limited.  $10. 706-878-3087.
Georgia Master Naturalist
Monday, Jun 9, 2014 9 AM to 4 PM
Monday, Jun 16, 2014 9 AM to 4 PM
Monday, Jun 23, 2014 9 AM to 4 PM
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Get Outdoors GeorgiaPresenter/Location: Smithgall Woods State Park
In cooperation with the University of Georgia Warnell School of Forestry, this eight-week training is in conservation and wildlife issues relevant to our southern Blue Ridge ecoregion. Meets Mondays through July 28. Register by May 1.  $190 for the series and certification $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
Kids Day at the Park
Saturday, Jun 14, 2014 10 AM to 2 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaTons of FunPresenter/Location: Smithgall Woods State Park
Hands-on exhibits in outdoor sports, recreation and environmental education give kids a chance to learn ways to stay healthy and appreciate the great outdoors. Kids can earn a badge through active participation. Archery, animal exhibits, compass games, air rifles, stream critters and more. 706-878-3087.
Buzz on Bees, Bugs, and Birds
Monday, Jun 23, 2014 9 AM to 3 PM
Tuesday, Jun 24, 2014 9 AM to 3 PM
Wednesday, Jun 25, 2014 9 AM to 3 PM
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Presenter/Location: Smithgall Woods State Park
Campers ages 6-14 learn about the fascinating world of pollinators, why their job is so important, and how they help humans. Crafts and art projects as well as science will keep kids entertained and provide cool retreats on hot days...  $70 or 75 if paid after June 13. $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
All about BUGS Camp
Monday, Jul 7, 2014 9 AM to 12 PM
Tuesday, Jul 8, 2014 9 AM to 12 PM
Wednesday, Jul 9, 2014 9 AM to 12 PM
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Tons of FunPresenter/Location: Smithgall Woods State Park
Bugs are cool! Youngsters learn about different kinds of bugs and have a chance to explore the world of bugs through observation, food, song, and movement  $40 includes snacks $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
Eco-Kids Camp: Caring for the Winged Ones
Monday, Jul 21, 2014 9 AM to 3 PM
Tuesday, Jul 22, 2014 9 AM to 3 PM
Wednesday, Jul 23, 2014 9 AM to 3 PM
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Get Outdoors GeorgiaTons of FunPresenter/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 and bluebird house to take home. Campers will be in age-based teams in order to maximize learning potential. For ages 6-14.  $100 or $95 if paid after July 7. 706-878-3087.
Gold Fever and Golden Memories
Saturday, Aug 23, 2014 9 AM to 12 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaPresenter/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. Bring a picnic lunch and hear the history of Smithgall Woods and other Smithgall stories...  $5 plus $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.
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.
Address
61 Tsalaki Trail
Helen, GA 30545
White County
Contacts
Gretchen Vanderbunt
706-878-3087  Conference Coordinator

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

Trena Allison

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