Smithgall Woods State Park

Trails in Smithgall Woods Conservation Area & Lodge (GA)

CATHY ELLIS TRAIL

0.5 mile one way; 2.8 miles from Visitor Center. Also called the Chunanee Falls Trail, this memorial trail is in honor of Cathy Ellis, who loved the north Georgia mountains. A plaque at the trailhead tells the historical significance of this 640-acre tract. A moderate half-mile hike (mostly downhill) leads ...

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LAUREL RIDGE TRAIL

Located adjacent to our Visitor Center, this interpretive trail is a moderate 1.6-mile loop that climbs to Laurel Ridge and provides a seasonal view of Mt. Yonah. Ask for a free interpretive brochure from the Visitor Center to learn more about specific points of interest along the trail. Directions Located on ...

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MARTIN'S MINE TRAIL

0.9 mile loop; 2.1 miles from Visitor Center. A wooden bridge across Dukes Creek begins this picturesque and historical trail. The 0.9-mile loop interprets the history of gold mining at this site. A vertical shaft of the earlier gold mining era is a focal point and provides a unique habitat ...

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VISITOR CENTER LOOP TRAIL

This .3-mile trail begins at our Visitor Center, crosses a small tributary of Dukes Creek, and winds around a large pasture along Dukes Creek. Just off the trail is a planting of Florida Torreya, considered to be one of North America?s most critically endangered trees. There also are a ...

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WETLAND LOOP TRAIL

0.55 mile loop; 1.2 miles from Visitor Center. This easy ½-mile loop trail passes a beaver pond and wetland area. A boardwalk and large deck provide a great spot for ?birding? on the pond. Waterfowl and frogs are residents that hikers may see or hear. Our brochure ?The Frogs of ...

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