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: 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


  • Second Saturday Guided Hikes

    Second Saturday Guided Hikes

    02/13/2016 - 01/14/2017

    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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  • Survival Preparation and Skills Course at Buck Shoals

    Survival Preparation and Skills Course at Buck Shoals

    02/20/2016 - 02/27/2016

    This course will consist of a day of classroom instruction (2/20) and one of outside exercises (2/27). You will learn the psychology, planning, and equipment necessary for survival. Instructor: Bob Finke, Master Sergeant, USA Special Forces (Retired).

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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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  • Downstream Privet Project

    Downstream Privet Project

    03/12/2016 - 03/12/2016

    Join the Friends of Smithgall Woods for a rewarding volunteer project that will help beautify the Visitor Center area. Learn about the invasive plant privet and help volunteers remove this plant from around the newly rebuilt ADA Visitor Center Trail along Dukes Creek.

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  • Flies and Fly Water

    Flies and Fly Water

    03/19/2016 - 03/19/2016

    In preparation for the upcoming spring fishing season, we will have a "how to" on fly tying, stream reading, casting, and more. Come at 9:30 a.m. to hear a presentation on Stream Entomology (aka stream critters) by an Interpretive Ranger at Smithgall Woods.

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  • GPS Basics

    GPS Basics

    04/30/2016 - 04/30/2016

    Learn to use a hand held GPS unit with Scott Warner, Retired National Park Service Ranger. Classroom and field work will both be used to cover the basic functions of the GPS unit including marking a waypoint and creating a route. GPS units will be available for use. Register in advance.

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  • Firewise Community Preparedness Project

    Firewise Community Preparedness Project

    05/07/2016 - 05/07/2016

    Join the Friends of Smithgall Woods as we aim to keep our forest more prepared to fend off a wildfire. Volunteers will clean limb debris piles, blow leaves and remove invasive shrubs.

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  • Youth Fishing Days at Buck Shoals

    Youth Fishing Days at Buck Shoals

    05/21/2016 - 09/17/2016

    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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  • Kids Day at the Park

    Kids Day at the Park

    05/21/2016 - 05/21/2016

    Bring your kids and their endless imaginations for a fun day of learning and play at Smithgall. There will be outdoor games, arts & crafts, exhibits, and much more. Bring your sack lunch, and stay the day! $10 parking per vehicle. No registration required.

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  • Master Naturalist

    Master Naturalist

    06/06/2016 - 07/25/2016

    In cooperation with the University of Georgia Warnell School of Forestry, an eight week training in conservation and wildlife issues relevant to our southern Blue Ridge ecoregion will be offered. Call Kathy Church at 706-878-3087 for more information. Register by May 23, 2016.

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  • Eco-Kids Camp: Caring for the Winged Ones

    Eco-Kids Camp: Caring for the Winged Ones

    07/25/2016 - 07/29/2016

    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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  • GPS - Advanced

    GPS - Advanced

    12/03/2016 - 12/03/2016

    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