Smithgall Woods State Park

ASH CREEK TRAIL

1.5 mile one way; 0.6 miles from Visitor Center at the north end, 1.3 miles from south end.

This rugged trail requires fording/wading Dukes Creek near the north end. The beauty of the Dukes Creek area and the large expanse of Georgia woodlands make this a noteworthy hike. In cooler weather, or after a large rain, some guests start at the covered bridge, pass our group camp, hike all the way to Dukes Creek, and simply turn around and retrace their steps to avoid fording the creek.

Directions

Located on Hwy. 75-A, between Cleveland and Helen, 90-minutes from Atlanta. From I-85-North: I-85 North to I-985 North. Take exit 24 and turn left on US 129 N traveling west. At the 2nd traffic light (1-mile), turn right on 129-N to Cleveland. Remain on 129-N through Cleveland (DO NOT TURN TO GO TO HELEN). Continue north on 129-N 3.5-miles and turn right on Hwy. 75-A. Smithgall Woods is 5.6 miles on the right. The Visitor Center with the guest check-in is located 200 yards inside the entrance gate. From GA 400 North: Follow GA 400 to the end. At the traffic light, continue straight ahead on Long Branch Rd. 4.5 miles to the traffic light. Turn right on Hwy. 52/115 and follow to Cleveland (12.9 miles). Turn left at the traffic light on the Cleveland square onto Hwy. 129-N. At the next traffic light, go straight (DO NOT TURN TO GO TO HELEN). Continue north on 129-N 3.5-miles and turn right on Hwy. 75-A. Smithgall Woods is 5.6 miles on the right. The Visitor Center with the guest check-in is located 200 yards inside the entrance gate.