Attractions Near Helen, Georgia

Smithgall Woods State Park - Helen GA

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 in Heleb Ga. 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. Five beautifully decorated cottages -- Creekside Cottage, Smithgall Cottage, Dover Cottage, Garden Cottage and Laurel Cottage -- provide a total of 14 bedrooms with private baths, 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 Waterfalls.

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

Park Hours:

■Visitor Center, 8 AM - 5 PM

■Gate opens at 7 AM

■Trout fishing on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday (daily for cottage guests). Reservations required.

■All visitors must register at the Visitor Center.


■5,664 Acres

■5 Cottages ($154-$504) - Creekside Cottage | Smithgall Cottage | Dover Cottage | Garden Cottage ($154/up) | Laurel Cottage

■Pioneer Campground (youth groups only; $55/up)

■Visitor Center with Discovery Room

■3 Picnic Shelters ($55)


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