Northeast Georgia Mountains / Helen

Smithgall Woods State Park

61 Tsalaki Trl.
Helen, GA 30545

706-878-3087 | 800-864-7275
  • Smithgall Cottage

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  • Smithgall Cottage Living Room

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  • Laurel Cottage Living Room

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  • Creekside Cottage Living Room

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  • Laurel Cottage

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  • Smithgall Cottage Bedroom

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  • Laurel Cottage Bedroom

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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


  • Youth Fishing Days at Buck Shoals

    Youth Fishing Days at Buck Shoals

    05/28/2016 - 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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  • Second Saturday Guided Hikes

    Second Saturday Guided Hikes

    09/03/2016 - 12/10/2016

    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, September 3, 2016
    1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

    Sunday, September 4, 2016
    1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

    Saturday, October 8, 2016
    9:00 a.m.... read more

  • Bears, Bears, Everywhere

    Bears, Bears, Everywhere

    09/10/2016 - 09/10/2016

    Have you ever questioned what to do if you encountered a bear? Let us teach you. Hear a presentation given by Tom Hennigan, Associate Professor of Biology at Truett-McConnell, about bear behavior, habitat and more. All ages are welcome. The presentation will be held in the Discovery Room, located in the visitor center.

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  • Backpacking 101

    Backpacking 101

    09/10/2016 - 09/10/2016

    Do you like hiking? Do you wonder what you should bring? Join the interpretive ranger to learn the basics of backpacking. Learn how to be prepared for unforeseen circumstances on the trail, the proper way to encounter wild animals, and what to do if you get lost. This will be a presentation followed by a short hike. Please wear proper footwear.

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  • ForestWatch Guided Hike

    ForestWatch Guided Hike

    09/24/2016 - 09/24/2016

    Join Georgia ForestWatch Ecologist Jess Riddle on a guided hike of the Laurel Ridge Trail and surrounding area. She will talk about the plants and animals that make our forest diverse and healthy. Register in advance.

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  • Martin's Mine Trail Maintenance - Your State Parks Day

    Martin's Mine Trail Maintenance - Your State Parks Day

    09/24/2016 - 09/24/2016

    We will be doing a trail maintenance day for our famous Martin's Mine trail. This will include removing invasive species from the trail edges, clearing limbs and debris, and cleaning and refurbishing trail signs. Volunteers, please wear clothing that can get dirty. Bring water, a hat, sunscreen and bug spray.

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  • GPS - Advanced

    GPS - Advanced

    12/03/2016 - 12/03/2016

    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. This class is for all GPS users wanting to integrate interactive mapping software to improve their trip planning. GPS receivers will be available for participants'... read more