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


    Open Year 'Round

    Group Amenities


    Internet Connectivity

    Free Wi-Fi

    Room Amenities


    Setting & Style

    Mountain Setting

    Suitable for Ages

    All Ages


  • Christmas in the Cabin

    Christmas in the Cabin

    12/23/2017 - 12/23/2017

    Feeling festive? Join Smithgall Woods for a holiday get together in our primitive cabin. We will warm ourselves by the fire while enjoying hot chocolate and hot cider. Make a Christmas ornament for your loved one or enjoy time with family. We ho-ho-hope to see you there!

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  • First Day Hike: Dukes Creek Falls

    First Day Hike: Dukes Creek Falls

    01/01/2018 - 01/01/2018

    Start your New Year's resolution off right with a guided hike to Dukes Creek Falls. The 2.3-mile moderate hike will make a pit stop at our primitive cabin. Warm yourself against the cold chill with a cup of hot cocoa. Still feeling adventurous? Then continue on 2 miles to Dukes Creek Falls. This cascading series of waterfalls is a sight to behold.

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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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