Northeast Georgia Mountains / Helen

Smithgall Woods State Park

61 Tsalaki Trail
Helen, GA 30545

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

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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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  • Creekside Cottage Living Room

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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

    Family-friendly

    Group Amenities

    Group-friendly

    Internet Connectivity

    Free Wi-Fi

    Room Amenities

    Fireplaces

    Setting & Style

    Mountain Setting

    Suitable for Ages

    All Ages

Events

  • First Day Hike at Smithgall Woods

    First Day Hike at Smithgall Woods

    01/01/2015 - 01/01/2015

    Take your first hike of the year at Smithgall Woods State Park! Hike a monderate 1.3 miles on flat roadway to Smithgall's beautiful cottage facility. Staff will lead the hike to one of the cottages where hot cider will be waiting. Learn more about Charlie Smithgall whose generosity made the park possible. All ages are welcome. No pets please.

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  • Kids Day at the Park

    Kids Day at the Park

    06/13/2015 - 06/13/2015

    Hands-on exhibits in outdoor sports, recreation and environmental education give kids a chance to learn ways to stay healthy and appreciate the great outdoors. Kids can earn a badge through active participation. Enjoy archery, animal exhibits, compass games, air rifles, stream critters and more.

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  • Your State Parks Day

    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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