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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  • 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


    Group Amenities


    Internet Connectivity

    Free Wi-Fi

    Room Amenities


    Setting & Style

    Mountain Setting

    Suitable for Ages

    All Ages


  • Land Navigation at Buck Shoals

    Land Navigation at Buck Shoals

    10/25/2014 - 10/25/2014

    Learn basic land navigation to include an explanation of the compass and how it works, true north vs. magnetic north, terrain features and contour lines, application of the compass to the map and map to the compass, and pacing will all be covered. Basic principles will be covered in-doors and followed by field exercises outside. Liquid filled compasses will be supplied, or you may use your personal compass.

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  • First-Visit Tour

    First-Visit Tour

    11/01/2014 - 12/06/2014

    Learn more about the park on a tour of the Visitor Center area and a van tour. See the covered bridge, the famous Dukes Creek, and our renowned cottages.

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  • Friends Fridays

    Friends Fridays

    11/07/2014 - 12/05/2014

    Join Smithgall's advocacy group, Friends of Smithgall Woods, for an informal monthly meeting. Learn about volunteer projects and initiatives. Meet volunteers and Friends who volunteer and care for the park. The meeting takes place at the park's Education Cabin. Call 706-878-3087 for directions.

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  • Advanced Land Navigation

    Advanced Land Navigation

    11/08/2014 - 11/08/2014

    After a short refresher on basics, students operating in teams of two for safety will be issued azimuths, which will be used to locate a specific location and then return to the start point. The established land navigation lanes will be from 2-4 kilometers. Students must be physically fit and able to hike up hill in a wooded area for up to two hours.

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  • "Green" Bee Keeping

    11/22/2014 - 11/22/2014

    In this introduction to sustainable practices in hobby beekeeping, guests will learn about pathogen and disease identification, organic treatments, how to help hives overwinter, swarming behavior, creating a bee-friendly yard, and non-toxic pest and disease control. Taught by entomologist and beekeeper Amanda Rose Newton.

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  • Using a Hand-held GPS Unit - Advanced

    Using a Hand-held GPS Unit - Advanced

    12/06/2014 - 12/06/2014

    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