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.

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
• Biking
• Ranger Programs — reservations required
Environmental Education — reservations required
• Picnicking
• Nature Photography
• 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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Bears, Bears, Everywhere
Saturday, Mar 25, 2017 1 PM to 2:30 PM
Have you ever questioned what to do if you encountered a bear? Let us teach you. Hear a presentation by Tom Hennigan, Associate Professor of Biology at Truett-McConnell, about bear behavior, habitat and more. All ages welcome. The presentation will be held in the Discovery Room in the visitor center.  $5 plus $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
Handicapped Accessible
Spring into Stream
Tuesday, Apr 4, 2017 9 AM to 12 PM
Tuesday, Apr 11, 2017 9 AM to 12 PM
This one day mini-camp will focus on stream systems and their inhabitants. Kids will participate in Water Olympics, Wetland Metaphors, and Stream Ecology. This will teach them concepts of hydrology, water chemistry, and ecology in a fun and exciting way.  $20 plus $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
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Fond of the Pond
Thursday, Apr 6, 2017 9 AM to 12 PM
Thursday, Apr 13, 2017 9 AM to 12 PM
What better to do during spring break than explore a pond? Come to Smithgall's Education Cabin for a 1-day camp featuring fun games and pond exploration. Bring your snack, water, and old clothes for a day of education and exploration.  $20 per child. 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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First Visit Tours
Saturday, Apr 8, 2017 10 AM to 11:30 AM
Saturday, May 6, 2017 10 AM to 11:30 AM
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.
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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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

Smithgall Woods State Park