Northeast Georgia Mountains / Helen

Smithgall Woods State Park

61 Tsalaki Trl.
Helen, GA 30545

706-878-3087 | 800-864-7275
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  • Creekside Cottage Living Room

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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, Garden Cottage, Parkside 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.

Info & Amenities

  • Hours of Operation

    Sunday: 8:00AM - 5:00PM
    Monday: 8:00AM - 5:00PM
    Tuesday: 8:00AM - 5:00PM
    Wednesday: 8:00AM - 5:00PM
    Thursday: 8:00AM - 5:00PM
    Friday: 8:00AM - 5:00PM
    Saturday: 8:00AM - 5:00PM

    Admission & Fees

    Daily ParkPass $5.00

    Facility Amenities

    Parking on Site

    General Information


    Group Amenities


    Internet Connectivity

    Free Wi-Fi

    Room Amenities


    Setting & Style

    Mountain Setting

    Suitable for Ages

    All Ages


  • Second Saturday Guided Hikes

    Second Saturday Guided Hikes

    10/24/2015 - 09/10/2016

    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.


    Saturday, October 24, 2015
    9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

    Saturday, November 21, 2015
    9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

    Saturday, December 12, 2015
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  • Fun with Falconry

    Fun with Falconry

    02/06/2016 - 02/06/2016

    Learn about the art of Falconry with Buster Brown, founder of Georgia Mountain Falconry. Located at Buck Shoals, a short presentation will be followed by a live hunt. Cost: $40/adult, if pre-registered by 1/23/2016, $45 after. Limit 15. Please call the Visitor's Center for registration and information.

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  • Survival Preparation and Skills Course at Buck Shoals

    Survival Preparation and Skills Course at Buck Shoals

    02/20/2016 - 02/27/2016

    This course will consist of a day of classroom instruction (2/20) and one of outside exercises (2/27). You will learn the psychology, planning, and equipment necessary for survival. Instructor: Bob Finke, Master Sergeant, USA Special Forces (Retired).

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  • Volunteer Training

    Volunteer Training

    03/05/2016 - 03/05/2016

    Make your mark on Smithgall Woods! Learn more about this special conservation area and what volunteer opportunities are available. Register by February 27, 2016.

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  • Flies and Fly Water

    Flies and Fly Water

    03/19/2016 - 03/19/2016

    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 a.m. to hear a presentation on Stream Entomology (aka stream critters) by Kathy Church, Interpretive Ranger at Smithgall Woods. Cost: $10/adult pre-registered by March 12, $15 after.

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  • GPS Basics

    GPS Basics

    04/30/2016 - 04/30/2016

    Learn to use a hand held GPS unit with Scott Warner, Retired National Park Service Ranger. Classroom and field work will both be used to cover the basic functions of the GPS unit including marking a waypoint and creating a route. GPS units will be available for use. Register in advance.

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  • Youth Fishing Days at Buck Shoals

    Youth Fishing Days at Buck Shoals

    05/21/2016 - 09/17/2016

    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.

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  • Master Naturalist

    Master Naturalist

    06/06/2016 - 07/25/2016

    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 information. Register by May 23, 2016.

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