Smithgall Woods State Park

Supported by a local Friends chapter, 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. Smithgall Woods was acquired by the state in 1994 as a gift-purchase from Charles A. Smithgall, Jr., a noted conservationist and businessman.

Upgrading Smithgall Woods

When the words “mountain retreat” are spoken, anyone familiar with Georgia’s state parks instantly brings Smithgall Woods to mind. Know for their extensive gardens, excellent trout fishing and one-of-a-kind cabins, this park offers incredible getaway options and unmatched beauty for those seeking a luxury experience with Mother Nature. 

With so much beauty to protect and such extensive grounds to care for, Friends of Smithgall Woods stay busy throughout the year with various behind the scenes projects. One of their most...

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Upcoming Events

Aug 24 Aug 24 Hay Ride Tour of Smithgall Woods

Hay Ride within Smithgall Woods lasting approximately 45 minutes.

61 Tsalaki Trail Helen, Georgia 30545
August 24, 2019, 1:30 pm August 24, 2019, 2:30 pm

Smithgall Woods State Park Volunteer Mailing List

Member support and volunteer efforts are at the core of our mission. Are you interested in learning more about volunteering with us?