Smithgall Woods State Park

Smithgall Woods State Park
Reservations 800-864-7275
Park 706-878-3087

 
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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.

$5 parking. Annual passes available.
GeorgiaStateParks.org/SmithgallWoods

Park Hours:

7 a.m.–Dark

Office Hours:

8 a.m.–5 p.m.

Accommodations & Facilities:

• 5,664 Acres
• 6 Cottages ($195–$595) — Creekside Cottage, Smithgall Cottage, Dover Cottage, Parkside Cottage, Garden Cottage (dog friendly), Laurel Cottage
• Pioneer Campground ($75, non-refundable) — youth groups only
• Visitor Center with Discovery Room
• 2 Picnic Shelters ($35+)

Things To Do & See:

2017 Calendar of Events
• Guided First Saturday Tours
• Trout Fishing — reservations required; catch & release only
• Hiking — 28 miles of trails
• Biking
Hunting
• Ranger Programs — reservations required
Environmental Education — reservations required
• Picnicking
• Nature Photography
Birdwatching
• Wildlife Observation
• Archery — reservations required
• Geocaching
• Weddings — park approval required

Nearby Attractions:

Alpine Village of Helen
• Anna Ruby Falls
Blairsville, Georgia
• Blue Ridge Mountains
• Brasstown Bald
Cabbage Patch Kids/Babyland General
Dahlonega Gold Museum
• Dukes Creek Falls Recreation Area
• Folk Pottery Museum
• Georgia Wineries
Hardman Farm Historic Site
Moccasin Creek State Park
• Raven Cliffs Wilderness Area
• Richard B. Russell Scenic Highway
• Wildwood Outfitters
Unicoi State Park & Lodge
Vogel State Park

Smithgall Woods School Program Brochure

Friends of Smithgall Woods


Make a Reservation
  • 6 Cottages - Reserve
  • 3 Picnic Shelters, 2 Pioneer Camps, Group Reservations & Reunions
    - call 706-878-3087 to reserve.
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Events
Smithgall Scavenger Hunt
Saturday, Jan 21, 2017 10 AM to 12 PM
Follow the clues to see if you can solve nature puzzles and find a prize. You must answer nature related trivia and complete the designated course around the park to win a prize. $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
High Tea Party
Saturday, Jan 28, 2017 10 AM to 11:30 AM
January is hot tea month. Get out of the cold and warm up with hot teas from around the world. Learn about the tradition of high tea from our very own English Ex-pat Imogen. See how important tea is to various cultures and sample different varieties. Refreshments provided. Please let us know of food allergens.  $3 plus $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
Handicapped Accessible
The Great Migration: Winter Salamander Spawning
Saturday, Jan 28, 2017 2 PM to 3 PM
During the winter months a secret is happening deep in the small pools of the forest. Salamanders are coming together by the hundreds to spawn. Learn about this amazing phenomena and the creatures who participate. Visit a vernal pool and possibly catch a glimpse of an adult or egg masses. Meet our resident outreach amphibians.  $3 plus $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
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Survival Preparation and Skills
Saturday, Feb 4, 2017 10 AM to 3:30 PM
Saturday, Feb 11, 2017 10 AM to 3:30 PM
This course will consist of a day of classroom instruction (2/04) and one of outside exercises (2/11). The course will include the psychology, planning, and equipment necessary for survival. For ages 12 and up; under 18 years old must be accompanied by an adult.  $40 by January 30th, $45 per day after. $5 parking fee included. 706-878-3087.
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Volunteer Training
Saturday, Feb 25, 2017 10 AM to 12 PM
Make your mark on Smithgall Woods! Learn more about this special conservation area and what volunteer opportunities are available. Arrive early to take a tour of the park and see what it has to offer. $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
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Close Encounters of the Bird Kind
Saturday, Mar 11, 2017 11 AM to 12 PM
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.  $10 adult/$5 children $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
Flies and Fly Water
Saturday, Mar 18, 2017 9:30 AM to 12 PM
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 an Interpretive Ranger at Smithgall Woods.  $10/adult $5/Child $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
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Sweep the Hooch
Saturday, Apr 8, 2017 9 AM to 12 PM
We will be partnering with Chattahoochee Riverkeepers and Hardman Farm Historic Site to do a river clean-up of the Chattahoochee. We invite you to keep our rivers clean and beautiful by picking up trash along the Chattahoochee. We will meet at Hardman Farm parking lot. 706-878-3087.
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Woof in the Woods
Saturday, Apr 22, 2017 9 AM to 12 PM
Join Smithgall Woods for a day of canine companionship. Enjoy canine-related fun and activities, such as pet related vendors, law enforcement canines, adoptable pets from Smithgall Animal Shelter and more. Finish the day by taking your dog on a hike on one of our many canine friendly trails.  $5 plus $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
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Native American Cultures and Medicinal Plants
Saturday, Apr 29, 2017 10 AM to 12 PM
This event will consist of a brief talk about Native American culture in Northeast Georgia and will be followed by a hike looking at medicinal plants used by these cultures. Please call (706) 878-3087 to register. $7 adult pre-paid by April 20th/$10 after.  $7/$10 Adult $5/$7 Child $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
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Master Naturalist
Mondays 9 AM - 4 PM – Jun 5, 2017 until Jul 24, 2017 
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. Courses cover ornithology, herpetology, hydrology, and many other topics.  $200 plus $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
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Kids Day at the Park
Saturday, Jun 10, 2017 10 AM to 2 PM
Bring your kids and their endless imaginations for a fun day of learning and play at Smithgall. There will be outdoor games, arts & crafts, exhibits, and much more. Bring your sack lunch.  $10 parking per vehicle. 706-878-3087.
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Junior Ranger Camp
9 AM - 12 PM from Jun 19, 2017 until Jun 23, 2017 
This five day camp explores the Georgia State Parks Junior Ranger program. Campers earn their first badge in the series by honing their observation skills in the park. Activities include a live reptile program, hiking, nature watching, crafts, and recreational activities. A snack will be included. For ages 6-12. Register in advance.  $60 per child/$70 if paid after June 12th. 706-878-3087.
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Address/Directions
Smithgall Woods State Park
61 Tsalaki Trail
Helen, GA 30545
White County

Mailing Address
61 Tsalaki Trail
Helen, GA 30545


GPS Coordinates:

N 34.691950 | W -083.767150
Located on Highway 75 Alt, 3 miles west of Helen.


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


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Smithgall Woods State Park