Smithgall Woods State Park

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Smithgall Woods State Park


(706) 878-3087

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North Georgia's premier trout stream, Dukes Creek, runs through this spectacular mountain property and is a favorite for catch-and-release fishing. Five miles of trails and 18 miles of roads allow hikers and bicyclists to explore hardwoods, streams and wildlife. Trout fishing and van tours are offered only on certain days of the week, so visitors should call for a current schedule. Smithgall Woods also offers an elegant mountain retreat perfect for romantic getaways or corporate retreats. Beautifully decorated cottages provide bedrooms with private baths.

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

Map of Smithgall Woods Conservation Area & Lodge (GA)

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  • Boating

    A boat ramp is located within the conservation area.

  • Bicycling

    There are several miles of biking trails are available to visitors. Most trails are closed during scheduled hunts. Check with the park before your visit.

  • Camping

    The Pioneer Campground is available to youth groups only.

  • Fishing

    Catch-and-release trout fishing is available only on Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday for visitors. Cottage guests are permitted to fish for trout daily (catch-and-release fishing only). Reservations are required.

  • Hiking

    The park boasts more than 20 miles of hiking trails. Most trails are closed during scheduled hunts. Check with the park before your visit.

  • Hunting

    Contact Georgia DNR for more information, regulations and seasons.

  • Picnicking

    The park provides three picnic shelters that are available by reservation.


During the day, average highs in Helen, GA during the summer months run from 81 to 90 degrees F; in the fall from 63 to 83 degrees F; in the winter from 51 to 57 degrees F; and spring from 73 to 81 degrees F. At night, average lows during the summer months run from 58 to 69 degrees F; during the fall from 42 to 63 degrees F; the winter from 33 to 35 degrees F; and spring from 42 to 58 degrees F.



Located on Ga. Hwy. 75 Alt, 3 miles west of Helen.

Phone Numbers


(706) 878-3087