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


    Nature Trails

    Facility Amenities

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

    General Information

    Family-friendly, Open Year 'Round

    Group Amenities


    Internet Connectivity

    Free Wi-Fi

    Room Amenities


    Setting & Style

    Mountain Setting

    Suitable for Ages

    All Ages


  • Spooky, Scaly, Spectacular

    Spooky, Scaly, Spectacular

    10/21/2017 - 10/21/2017

    Learn about some creepy crawlies right before Halloween. Snakes, spiders, and roaches get a bad rap, but meet these critters in person and see their spectacular personalities. We will learn about their cool abilities and awesome adaptations. There will be time to touch and take pictures at the conclusion of the program.

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  • Fall Hayride

    Fall Hayride

    10/28/2017 - 10/28/2017

    Join Smithgall Woods for a hayride through the park, observe the changing fall leaves, our buzzing apiary, and beautiful Duke's Creek. This relaxing three mile ride will give you a scenic view of the park and the ability to enjoy a crisp fall breeze. Must register in advance to secure a spot.

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  • Native American Mini-Camp

    Native American Mini-Camp

    11/20/2017 - 11/21/2017

    Learn about Native American life, just in time for Thanksgiving. This mini-camp will feature crafts, games, informative sessions, and even archery. Kids will be dropped off at the Visitor's Center. Bring a snack and something to drink. For kids aged 8 -12. Reservations are required.

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  • Spring Into the Stream

    Spring Into the Stream

    04/02/2018 - 04/04/2018

    Spring into the stream with this fun, 3-day mini-camp. Participants will learn about water's properties, different aquatic ecosystems, and the animals who inhabit aquatic environments. Age limit is 8-12 years old. Reservations are required.

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