Smithgall Woods State Park

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» Visitor Center:
› All visitors must register at the Visitor Center.
» Hunting:
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› 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



Basic Land Navigation at Buck Shoals
Saturday, Oct 29, 2016 10 AM to 2 PM
Presenter/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.  $30 or $25 if pre-paid by October 22 $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
Get Outdoors Georgia
Saturday, Oct 29, 2016 11 AM to 12 PM
Presenter/Location: Smithgall Woods State Park
Do you give a hoot about Birds of Prey? Join raptor and wildlife educator Beth Thomson as she introduces you to her flock. This will be an hour long presentation and encounter with birds of prey. Come meet our feathered friends! Limit 30.  $5 plus $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
First Visit Tours
1st Saturday of Month 10 AM - 11:30 AM from Nov 5, 2016 until Dec 3, 2016 
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. $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
Second Saturday Guided Hikes
2nd Saturday of Month 9 AM - 11 AM from Nov 12, 2016 until Dec 10, 2016 
Presenter/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.
Get Outdoors Georgia
Advanced Land Navigation at Buck Shoals
Saturday, Nov 12, 2016 10 AM to 3:30 PM
Presenter/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 pre-paid by October 29. $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
Get Outdoors Georgia
Reptile Rendezvous
Saturday, Nov 12, 2016 2 PM to 3 PM
Presenter/Location: Smithgall Woods State Park
Join Smithgall Woods and an Interpretive Ranger to learn about our scaly neighbors. Have you seen a snake around your house? Learn about their important ecological role and how to tell venomous and non-venomous snakes apart Meet our friendly outreach snakes and box turtle. Limit 25.  $5 plus $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
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-paid by November 26th, $35 after $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
Gretchen Vanderbunt
706-878-3087  Conference Coordinator

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

Trena Allison