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Smithgall Woods Conservation Area

Address: 61 Tsalaki Trail, Helen, GA 30545
Phone Number: 706 878 3087
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Ranked #14 of 20 Attractions in Helen
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Hiking Trails, Outdoors
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Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Hiking Trails, Outdoors
Hours:
Sun - Sat 7:00 am - 7:00 pm

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Rome, Georgia
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177 reviews 177 reviews
83 attraction reviews
113 helpful votes 113 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

My daughter and I visited here on a Saturday in August, There is a nice gift shop with wildlife exhibits and the staff is very helpful and friendly. There are several hiking trails, so you can choose the length and difficulty. I would love to come stay in one of the cabins, but they do stay booked up due to... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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47 reviews 47 reviews
20 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

This was our first visit to the Smithgall Woods Conservation Area, and it was for their Fall Celebration (noon to 4 p.m.). This is a limited review, because we had limited exposure to the Area. The Fall Celebration featured candle making, gold panning, story telling, an apple press with fresh apple juice, live Appalachian music by a trio of guitar... More 

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Helen, Georgia, United States
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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
24 helpful votes 24 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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78 reviews 78 reviews
33 attraction reviews
62 helpful votes 62 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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Kalispell
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62 reviews 62 reviews
18 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 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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39 reviews 39 reviews
5 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 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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87 reviews 87 reviews
19 attraction reviews
115 helpful votes 115 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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ATLANTA
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74 reviews 74 reviews
14 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 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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70 reviews 70 reviews
22 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 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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