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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› All trails are closed during scheduled hunts. 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 — Creekside Cottage, Smithgall Cottage, Dover Cottage, Parkside Cottage, Garden Cottage (dog friendly), Laurel Cottage
• Pioneer Campground — youth groups only
• Visitor Center with Discovery Room
• 2 Picnic Shelters

Things To Do & See:

2017 Calendar of Events
• Guided First Saturday Tours
• Trout Fishing — reservations required; catch & release only
• Hiking — 28 miles of trails, no hiking during scheduled hunts
• Biking
Hunting — Laurel Ridge Trail open for hiking during scheduled hunts
• 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
National Trails Day: Duke's Creek Falls Hike
Saturday, Jun 3, 2017 9 AM to 11 AM
This hike is in accordance with National Trails Day and will be an interpretive hike to gorgeous Duke's Creek Falls. It will be about a 2 mile hike with a waterfall view at the conclusion and a great opportunity for pictures. $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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Sounds of Summer: Night Hike
Wednesday, Jun 7, 2017 8 PM to 9:30 PM
Wednesday, Jun 14, 2017 8 PM to 9:30 PM
Wednesday, Jul 12, 2017 8 PM to 9:30 PM
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There are sounds associated with summer in the South: the steady hum of cicadas and katydids, the peeping of frogs, the mournful calls of a screech owl. Engage your senses and see what exciting experiences happen at night. This hike will take place on the .5 mile Wetland loop trail.  $3 plus $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
Birding at the Break of Dawn
Thursday, Jun 8, 2017 7:30 AM to 9 AM
Thursday, Jun 15, 2017 7:30 AM to 9 AM
Thursday, Jul 6, 2017 7:30 AM to 9 AM
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Wake up to the melodious calls of our native bird species. Join the interpretive ranger for some early morning birding at Smithgall Woods. From phoebes and gnat-catchers to red-shouldered hawks, early morning is the time to hear and see birds at their best.  $3 plus $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
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Kids Day at the Park
Saturday, Jun 10, 2017 10 AM to 1 PM
Bring your kids and their endless imaginations for a fun day of learning and play at Smithgall. This year’s theme is the Wonders of Water! There will be outdoor games, stream ecology, water guns, water balloons, and much more. Bring your sack lunch.  $5. 706-878-3087.
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Basic Land Navigation
Saturday, Jun 17, 2017 9:30 AM to 2 PM
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.
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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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Fungus Frolic
Sunday, Jun 25, 2017 9 AM to 12 PM
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? About edibility and toxicity? Join us for a fungus presentation and hike with Georgia Mushroom Club.  $5 per person $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
Eco-Kids Camp: Caring for the Winged Ones
Monday, Jul 24, 2017 9 AM to 3 PM
Eco-Kids learn ways to support winged creatures in this active, hands-on camp. Kids will build their own bat house to take home. Campers will be in age-based teams in order to maximize learning potential. For ages 6-13.  $100 or $95 if pre-paid by July 16. 706-878-3087.
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Gold Fever
Saturday, Aug 19, 2017 9 AM to 12 PM
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. Register in advance.  $5 plus $5 parking. 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