Northeast Georgia Mountains / Helen

Smithgall Woods State Park

61 Tsalaki Trail
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

    Family-friendly

    Group Amenities

    Group-friendly

    Internet Connectivity

    Free Wi-Fi

    Room Amenities

    Fireplaces

    Setting & Style

    Mountain Setting

    Suitable for Ages

    All Ages

Events

  • Gold Fever and Golden Memories

    Gold Fever and Golden Memories

    08/23/2014 - 08/23/2014

    Gold mining is a fascinating part of the history of Smithgall Woods and the surrounding area. Hear about the history of gold mining with local historians and enjoy a guided hike to the Martin Mine Trail. Bring a picnic lunch and hear the history of Smithgall Woods and other Smithgall stories. Register in advance

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  • Friends Fridays

    Friends Fridays

    09/05/2014 - 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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  • First-Visit Tour

    First-Visit Tour

    09/06/2014 - 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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  • Rivers Alive!

    Rivers Alive!

    09/06/2014 - 09/06/2014

    Help clean up the beautiful Chattahoochee River in Helen, Ga. Friends of Smithgall Woods, Chattahoocee River Keepers, and local Trout Unlimited Groups join in a statewide effort to clean up our waterways and protect critical habitats. T-shirts will be available while supplies last and a small meal will be served after cleanup. Register in advance to receive directions to the site.

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  • Youth Fishing Days at Buck Shoals

    Youth Fishing Days at Buck Shoals

    09/20/2014 - 09/20/2014

    Saturday, Sep 20, 2014 8 AM to 12 PM - Smithgall Woods State Park - Helen, GA - 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 (no corn) 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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  • Georgia State Parks Volunteer Service Day - Your State Parks Day

    Georgia State Parks Volunteer Service Day - Your State Parks Day

    09/27/2014 - 09/27/2014

    Friends of Smithgall Woods invites volunteers out to the park to participate in volunteer projects and if new to the park, learn about volunteer projects that are available.

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  • Fall Celebration

    Fall Celebration

    10/11/2014 - 10/11/2014

    Enjoy the natural beauty of the season with hands-on pioneer skills exhibits, hayrides through the park, traditional craft vendors, mountain music, and apple cider from a hand-cranked press.

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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