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Smithgall Woods
SMITHGALL WOODS
SMITHGALL WOODS
61 Tsalaki Trail
Helen, Georgia   30545

Phone: 706-878-3087
Reservations: 800-864-7275
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. Smithgall Woods is an elegant mountain retreat perfect for family, friends and group getaways and retreats. There are five beautifully decorated cottages - Creekside Cottage, Smithgall Cottage, Dover Cottage, Garden Cottage and Laurel Cottage - providing 14 bedrooms with private baths. This wonderful mountain retreat was acquired by the state in 1994 as a gift-purchase from Charles A. Smithgall, Jr., a noted conservationist and businessman.

Park Hours:

* 8 AM-6 PM / Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday * 7 AM-6 PM / Wednesday, Saturday, Sunday * Trout fishing on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday only (daily for lodge guests). * Reservations required. * All visitors must register at the Visitor Center.
Places To Find Supplies
Pumpkintown Mountain Opry - Pickens, SCCasual Family Dining
Built in 1986, the four story Pumpkintown Mountain Opry building is a monument to old-world craftsmanship and home of the restaurant and shops. We invite you to enjoy the theater arts of the Pumpkintown Mountain Opry or come relax on the porch and enjoy some ice cream or our great coffee.
52.5 miles from park*
Boats and RVs
Griffin Island Campground - Sevierville, TNBoat Rentals
Looking for something different Griffin Island is a family owned and family friendly 32 acre property that includes rental campers, full hook-up sites, and tent sites for rent on Douglas Lake. Griffin Island is your getaway from the mainstream but close enough to all the attraction of Sevierville, Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg.brPhone 866-461-4561
86.6 miles from park*


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Trails
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 couple of adult swings and several picnic tables.

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.

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.

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 to a beautiful waterfall on what is known as the Alabama Branch. A short wooden bridge crosses a section of a historic water ditch, part of the early gold mining history. Deeply shaded by rhododendron, the last 400 yards is alongside a noisy stretch of Dukes Creek, and is a cool retreat in warm weather.

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 for bats. A short extension from the main trail offers a view of a small, but soothing waterfall.

WETLAND LOOP TRAIL

0.55 mile loop; 1.2 miles from Visitor Center.

This easy ?-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 Smithgall Woods" makes it possible to identify frogs by their call.
Things To Do in the Area
Pumpkintown Mountain Opry - Pickens, SCTheater
Built in 1986, the four story Pumpkintown Mountain Opry building is a monument to old-world craftsmanship and home of the restaurant and shops. We invite you to enjoy the theater arts of the Pumpkintown Mountain Opry or come relax on the porch and enjoy some ice cream or our great coffee.
Web Site: pumpkintownmountain.com/
52.5 miles from park*
Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews


Area Campgrounds

Trackrock Campground & Cabins
4887 Trackrock Camp Road
Blairsville, GA
706-745-2420


Mr. Bud's Campground
7796 Highway 197 North
Clarkesville, GA
706-947-3420


Leisure Acres Campground
3840 Westmoreland Road
Cleveland, GA


R Ranch in the Mountains
65 R-Ranch Road
Dahlonega, GA
706-864-6444


Unicoi Springs Camp Resort
2444 Highway 356
Helen, GA
706-878-2104


Cherokee Campground
45 Bethel Road
Sautee, GA
706-878-2267


Sleepy Hollow Campground
307 Sleepy Hollow Road
Sautee, GA
706-878-2618


Creekwood Resort & Cabins
5730 Highway 356
Sautee-Helen, GA
706-878-2164


Area Accommodations (over 15 miles away)
Griffin Island Campground - Sevierville, TNCampgrounds
Looking for something different Griffin Island is a family owned and family friendly 32 acre property that includes rental campers, full hook-up sites, and tent sites for rent on Douglas Lake. Griffin Island is your getaway from the mainstream but close enough to all the attraction of Sevierville, Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg.brPhone 866-461-4561
Web Site: griffinisland.net
86.6 miles from park*
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