Northeast Georgia Mountains / Helen

Smithgall Woods State Park

61 Tsalaki Trail
Helen, GA 30545

706-878-3087 | 800-864-7275
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  • Laurel 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


  • Eco-Kids Camp: Caring for the Winged Ones

    Eco-Kids Camp: Caring for the Winged Ones

    07/23/2014 - 07/25/2014

    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. This event is for ages 6-14.

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  • Georgia Master Naturalist

    Georgia Master Naturalist

    07/28/2014 - 07/28/2014

    In cooperation with the University of Georgia Warnell School of Forestry, this eight-week training is in conservation and wildlife issues relevant to our southern Blue Ridge ecoregion. Meets Mondays through July 28. Register by May 1.

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  • First Fridays

    First Fridays

    08/01/2014 - 12/05/2014

    Friday, Aug 1, 2014 3 PM to 4:30 PM - Smithgall Woods State Park - Helen, GA - Join Smithgall's advocacy group, Friends of Smithgall Woods, for an informal monthly meeting. Learn about volunteer projects and initiatives. Meet volunteers and Friends who volunteer and care for the park. The meeting takes place at the park's Education Cabin; call for directions

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  • First-Visit Tour

    First-Visit Tour

    08/02/2014 - 12/06/2014

    Learn more about the park on a tour of the Visitor Center area and a van tour. See the covered bridge, the famous Dukes Creek, and our renowned cottages.

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  • Youth Fishing Days at Buck Shoals

    Youth Fishing Days at Buck Shoals

    08/16/2014 - 09/20/2014

    Saturday, Aug 16, 2014 8 AM to 12 PM - Smithgall Woods State Park - Helen, GA - 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 (no corn) 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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  • Gold Fever and Golden Memories

    Gold Fever and Golden Memories

    08/23/2014 - 08/23/2014

    Saturday, Aug 23, 2014 9 AM to 12 PM - Smithgall Woods State Park - Helen, GA - 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. Bring a picnic lunch and hear the history of Smithgall Woods and other Smithgall stories. Register in advance

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  • Fall Celebration

    Fall Celebration

    10/11/2014 - 10/11/2014

    Saturday, Oct 11, 2014 12 PM to 4 PM - Smithgall Woods State Park - Helen, GA - Enjoy the natural beauty of the season with hands-on pioneer skills exhibits, hayrides through the park, traditional craft vendors, mountain music, and apple cider from a hand-cranked press.

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  • Using a Hand-held GPS Unit - Advanced

    Using a Hand-held GPS Unit - Advanced

    12/06/2014 - 12/06/2014

    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