Northeast Georgia Mountains / Helen

Smithgall Woods State Park

61 Tsalaki Trl.
Helen, GA 30545

706-878-3087 | 800-864-7275
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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: 7:00AM - 7:00PM
    Monday: 7:00AM - 7:00PM
    Tuesday: 7:00AM - 7:00PM
    Wednesday: 7:00AM - 7:00PM
    Thursday: 7:00AM - 7:00PM
    Friday: 7:00AM - 7:00PM
    Saturday: 7:00AM - 7:00PM

    Admission & Fees

    Daily ParkPass $5.00

    Activities

    Nature Trails

    Facility Amenities

    Parking on Site, Party Facilities, Picnic Shelter, Public Restrooms

    General Information

    Family-friendly, Open Year 'Round

    Group Amenities

    Group-friendly

    Internet Connectivity

    Free Wi-Fi

    Room Amenities

    Fireplaces

    Setting & Style

    Mountain Setting

    Suitable for Ages

    All Ages

Events

  • Bears, Bears, Everywhere

    Bears, Bears, Everywhere

    03/25/2017 - 03/25/2017

    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.

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  • Spring into Stream

    Spring into Stream

    04/04/2017 - 04/11/2017

    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.

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  • Woof in the Woods

    Woof in the Woods

    04/22/2017 - 04/22/2017

    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.

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  • Kids Day at the Park

    Kids Day at the Park

    06/10/2017 - 06/10/2017

    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.

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