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
Eco-Kids Camp: Caring for the Winged Ones
Friday, Jul 28, 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.
Get Outdoors Georgia
Kids Fishing at Buck Shoals
3rd Saturday of Month 8 AM - 12 PM until Aug 19, 2017 
Saturday, Aug 19, 2017 8 AM to 12 PM
Saturday, Sep 16, 2017 8 AM to 12 PM
Bring your family to a fun, free Kids Fishing Event at Buck Shoals WMA. Kids can bring their special big person to help them catch and keep fish according to fishing limits.  Free. 706-878-4736.
Get Outdoors Georgia
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.
Get Outdoors Georgia
Smithgall Solar Eclipse
Monday, Aug 21, 2017 1 PM to 3 PM
Come join Smithgall Woods in a viewing of the Solar Eclipse! Our location puts us in the path of totality, meaning the moon will completely cover the sun from view. We will view the eclipse with our two Celestron telescopes, as well as the naked eye. The last solar eclipse was in 1979 so don't miss this rare opportunity!  $10 plus $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
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