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

  • Birding at the Break of Dawn

    Birding at the Break of Dawn

    07/06/2017 - 07/13/2017

    Wake up to the melodious calls of our native bird species. Join the interpretive ranger for some early morning birding at Smithgall Woods. From phoebes and gnat-catchers to red-shouldered hawks, early morning is the time to hear and see birds at their best.

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  • Bears, Bears, Everywhere

    Bears, Bears, Everywhere

    07/08/2017 - 07/08/2017

    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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  • Kids Fishing at Buck Shoals

    Kids Fishing at Buck Shoals

    07/15/2017 - 09/16/2017

    Bring your family to a fun, free Kids Fishing Event at Buck Shoals WMA. Kids can bring their special big person to help them catch and keep fish according to fishing limits (5 bream, 3 bass, 3 catfish). All you need to bring are your pole, bait (no bread or corn please), and your spirit of excitement! Other items you may want to include are water, bug spray, and a folding chair to sit on. These events occur every 3rd Saturday, May through September, and last from 8 a.m. -12 p.m. Hope to see y... read more

  • Gold Fever

    Gold Fever

    08/19/2017 - 08/19/2017

    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. Register in advance.

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