Northeast Georgia Mountains / Helen

Smithgall Woods State Park

61 Tsalaki Trail
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

    Family-friendly

    Group Amenities

    Group-friendly

    Internet Connectivity

    Free Wi-Fi

    Room Amenities

    Fireplaces

    Setting & Style

    Mountain Setting

    Suitable for Ages

    All Ages

Events

  • Youth Fishing Days at Buck Shoals

    Youth Fishing Days at Buck Shoals

    06/20/2015 - 09/19/2015

    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 rod. No registration required. $5 park pass per vehicle.

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  • Second Saturday Guided Hikes

    Second Saturday Guided Hikes

    08/08/2015 - 07/09/2016

    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.

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  • Youth Fishing Days at Buck Shoals

    Youth Fishing Days at Buck Shoals

    08/15/2015 - 07/23/2016

    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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  • Fungus Frolic

    Fungus Frolic

    08/29/2015 - 08/29/2015

    Why does everyone want to hang out with the mushroom? Because he is a fun-gi to be around! Want to learn more about mushrooms and other fungi? Join us for a fungus presentation and hike with Associate Professor of Mycology at Clemson University, Julia Kerrigan.

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  • Beginner's Birding - Your State Parks Day

    Beginner's Birding - Your State Parks Day

    09/26/2015 - 09/26/2015

    Get to know your park with Site Manager John Erbele, who will lead a 2.6-mile hike along Dukes Creek to our cottages (and back) with commentary on the park history and other park details. The parking fee is $5, but the hike is free. We will meet at our Visitor Center and leave at 10 a.m.

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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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