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Smithgall Woods Conservation Area

61 Tsalaki Trail, Helen, GA 30545
706 878 3087
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Ranked #12 of 21 Attractions in Helen
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Hiking Trails
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Helen, Georgia, United States
5 reviews 5 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

This is a super venue for small business meetings. Beautiful surroundings, nice staff! Perfect setting for getting things done and then enjoying the area with your staff.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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30 reviews 30 reviews
7 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

I went there for a training session. The staff were friendly and knowledgeable. The setting of this preserve is beautiful. It is quiet and peaceful. I spent time at Duke's Creek. It is a beautiful mountain stream where one could take time to truly enjoy nature.

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Macon, Georgia
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77 reviews 77 reviews
33 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

Spent about 5 hours here wandering the trails. They have great maps and brochures at the visitor center that give all the historical info for the trails! There are some steep hills and our legs were pretty trashed by the end of our day, but it was a great place to enjoy nature! We almost had the place to ourselves... More

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60 reviews 60 reviews
18 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

Our family of eleven just completed a four-night stay at Dover Cottage in Smithgall Woods State Park. The cottage has 5 bedrooms, each with its own private bath. The common room was spacious as well as lovely and accommodated our family wonderfully. The kitchen is not pretty, but it functions very well for preparing meals for a crowd. In fact,... More

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37 reviews 37 reviews
5 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2014

A nice afternoon if you are not in a hurry. Take a picnic lunch and relax. Check out the history of the preserve as well.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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13 attraction reviews
107 helpful votes 107 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014

After driving around the area, we stopped into Smithgall Woods. We didn't know what to expect and really wanted information on their gorgeous cabins they rent. We saw some raptors near the information area, the ranger told us about trophy trout in the area, and we learned a bit more about the rivers and such. It was a nice little... More

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75 reviews 75 reviews
14 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014

We were there April 11, 2014 and wanted to hike and see some of the area but all but one trail was closed because they had hunters there. Wish we would have known. It was a wasted trip.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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63 reviews 63 reviews
21 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014

I have been visiting Smithgall Woods for years, and it's beautiful. One of my favorite things about Smithgall in relation to any other hiking location, is that it's never packed. You have a lot of privacy. The only thing I have to say is BEWARE of ticks if you bring your dog. On the back hiking trails, there are packs... More

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Gainesville, Florida
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2014

If you love to get away from the sounds of machinery and love to hike, this is the place to go. I am glad to know that such a beautiful place is being preserved and available to the public

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Warner Robins, Georgia
5 reviews 5 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2014

This park has great mountain stream fishing, I am sure, but we found the hikes and trails to be beautiful and refreshing. Don't forget to visit an old covered bridge! It is a rarity these days!

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