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Smithgall Woods State Park

Reservations 800-864-7275
Park 706-878-3087

 
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» Visitor's Center Notice:
 All visitors must register at the Visitor's Center.
» Hunting Notice:
 View Hunting Schedule
 The Laurel Ridge Trail is a safety zone and is open for hiking at all times, even during scheduled hunts.
» Fishing Notice:
 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) — youth groups only
• Visitor's Center with Discovery Room
• 2 Picnic Shelters ($35+)

Things To Do & See:

2016 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
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 State 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 State Park Business Plan

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
First Visit Tours
1st Saturday of Month 10 AM - 11:30 AM from May 7, 2016 
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.
Firewise Community Preparedness Project
Saturday, May 7, 2016 10 AM to 12 PM
Join the Friends of Smithgall Woods as we aim to keep our forest more prepared to fend off a wildfire. Volunteers will clean limb debris piles, blow leaves and remove invasive shrubs. $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
Get Outdoors Georgia
Second Saturday Guided Hikes
2nd Saturday of Month 9 AM - 11 AM from May 14, 2016 
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
Mad about Metamorphosis
Saturday, May 14, 2016 2 PM to 4 PM
This event will consist of a brief talk about amphibian and insect metamorphosis and will be followed by a hike looking at an ephemeral pond and wetland. The event will conclude with meeting some of our outreach amphibians and insects that undergo metamorphosis. This will give kids and adults a better understanding of metamorphosis. 15 person limit  $5 plus $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
Kids Day at the Park
Saturday, May 21, 2016 10 AM to 2 PM
Saturday, May 21, 2016 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, and stay the day! $10 parking per vehicle. No registration required.  $10 parking per vehicle. 706-878-3087.
Get Outdoors Georgia
Full Moon Frog Calling
Saturday, May 21, 2016 8 PM to 9 PM
See a different side of the park and join us for a guided night hike of our Wetland loop trail. This easy 0.5-mile loop passes a beaver-made wetland and will be active with calling frogs. The full moon is known to increase amphibian spawning and will produce a symphony of new sounds.  $3 plus $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
Youth Fishing Days at Buck Shoals
Saturday, May 28, 2016 8 AM to 12 PM
Saturday, Jun 18, 2016 8 AM to 12 PM
Saturday, Jul 16, 2016 8 AM to 12 PM
More Dates...
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 and rods. This event is not at Smithgall Woods, but at Buck Shoals, a nearby unopened state park. Call for directions. Occurs every third Saturday through September.  $5. 706-878-3087.
Get Outdoors Georgia
Master Naturalist
Mondays 9 AM - 4 PM – Jun 6, 2016 until Jul 25, 2016 
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. Call Kathy Church at 706-878-3087 for more info. Paid by May 23rd.  $200 per person $5 parking. 706-878-4736.
Get Outdoors Georgia
The Science of Nature
9 AM - 12 PM from Jun 20, 2016 until Jun 24, 2016 
Weekdays 9 AM - 12 PM from Jun 20, 2016 until Jun 24, 2016 
Campers ages 12-18 learn about the major divisions of science through the help of nature. Each day will be devoted to a different branch: Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Ecology, & Geology. Limit 15. $70/student or $75 if paid after June 13.  $70/student or $75 if paid after June 13. $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
Get Outdoors Georgia
Exploring the Natural Communities of the Blue Ridge
Saturday, Jun 25, 2016 10 AM to 12 PM
Join Smithgall Woods and author/naturalist Leslie Edwards for a journey into the myriad habitats of the Blue Ridge. Leslie, co-author of “The Natural Communities of Georgia,” will hold a presentation on local, natural communities, followed by a viewing excursion in the park. All ages are welcome. Limit 20.  $8 by June 18; $10 after June 18. $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
Get Outdoors Georgia
All about BUGS Camp
Monday, Jul 11, 2016 9 AM to 12 PM
Monday, Jul 11, 2016 9 AM to 12 PM
Tuesday, Jul 12, 2016 9 AM to 12 PM
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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. Ages 4-6.  $45 per child or $50 after July 2nd $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
Eco-Kids Camp: Caring for the Winged Ones
Monday, Jul 25, 2016 9 AM to 3 PM
Monday, Jul 25, 2016 9 AM to 3 PM
Tuesday, Jul 26, 2016 9 AM to 3 PM
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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 pre-paid by July 16. 706-878-3087.
Get Outdoors Georgia
Gold Fever
Saturday, Aug 20, 2016 9 AM to 12 PM
Saturday, Aug 20, 2016 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.  $5.00 plus $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
Get Outdoors Georgia
Smithgall Shindig
Saturday, Oct 15, 2016 4 PM to 8 PM
Bring the whole family for some fall fun! Bluegrass music, hayrides, games, craft vendors, canine costume contest, haunted hikes, and so much more!  $5.00 plus $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
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Basic Land Navigation at Buck Shoals
Saturday, Oct 29, 2016 10 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.
Get Outdoors Georgia
Advanced Land Navigation at Buck Shoals
Saturday, Nov 5, 2016 10 AM to 3:30 PM
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. Students must be physically fit, able to hike up hill in a wooded area for up to 2 hours.  $40 or $35 if pre-paid by October 29. $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
Get Outdoors Georgia
GPS - Advanced
Saturday, Dec 3, 2016 10 AM to 4 PM
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. A basic knowledge of the GPS is necessary prior to taking this course.  $30/adult if pre-paid by November 26th, $35 after $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
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Smithgall Woods State Park


Make reservations using the options above or call 1-800-864-7275 (Monday–Friday, 8 a.m.–8 p.m.; Saturday–Sunday, 9 a.m.–5 p.m. EST).
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