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Smithgall Woods Conservation Area

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61 Tsalaki Trl, Helen, GA 30545-3001
+1 706-878-3087
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Trails for days

Love the trails here! Clean, well maintained. Gorgeous any time of the year. You can easily walk 3... read more

Reviewed yesterday
amandagalfordiin
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Atlanta, Georgia
Nice, tranquil area

Unfortunately we had bad weather during our visit, but in between downpours we managed to hike the... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Monique E
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The Netherlands
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  • Average12%
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“paved road” (6 reviews)
“hiking trails” (9 reviews)
“covered bridge” (12 reviews)
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61 Tsalaki Trl, Helen, GA 30545-3001
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+1 706-878-3087
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"paved road"
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"hiking trails"
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"covered bridge"
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"laurel ridge"
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"trout"
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"real jewel"
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"quiet walk"
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"parking pass"
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"state park"
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"park ranger"
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"visitor center"
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"north georgia"
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"picnic lunch"
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"picnic area"
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"short hike"
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Reviewed yesterday

Love the trails here! Clean, well maintained. Gorgeous any time of the year. You can easily walk 3 miles without noticing the time. Bring the dog!

Thank amandagalfordiin
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Unfortunately we had bad weather during our visit, but in between downpours we managed to hike the Laurel Ridge Trail. It’s 1.6 m long and quite arduous in places. Good footwear is recommended. The visitor center has a nice exhibition about the area.

1  Thank Monique E
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Unfortunately rain was pouring down but after a while we took a chance and went to the visitors center. There is a sort of exhibition area where you can see what kind of wildlife can be seen. A friendly park ranger explained the possibilities here...More

Thank Hans V
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This beautiful treed area includes a fair bit of hiking and hill climbing, although the main "trail" in is a paved road, so you don't have to get too close to the plentiful poison ivy along the nearby woods. We took a picnic lunch and...More

Thank Russ K
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Reviewed March 18, 2018

Definitely stop in at the visitor center to get some guidance on what you want to do and see. What is evident from the parking area is just a small portion of what is available at this state park. We walked to the covered bridge,...More

3  Thank Susan I
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Will W, General Manager at Smithgall Woods Conservation Area, responded to this reviewResponded March 20, 2018

Thanks for your review Susan. Don't forget we have cottages if you want to stay a little longer and programs on some weekends!

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Reviewed January 24, 2018

My friends and I arrived at the park and looked at the map for things to do. There are more things to do here than most people realize. After speaking to one of the rangers, we narrowed it down to hiking on one of the...More

1  Thank Ricky J
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Reviewed January 16, 2018 via mobile

Our family had intentions to go to Raven Cliff Falls but the road was closed so we saw this park across the street. We were pleasantly surprised. The walk to get to the trails is about 2 miles on a paved road for the most...More

3  Thank Msmattox
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Reviewed January 15, 2018

We expected to see more when we went out of our way to view the covered bridge. Since we were in the general area we drove to the bridge.More

Thank luvcruzin2
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Will W, General Manager at Smithgall Woods Conservation Area, responded to this reviewResponded January 17, 2018

Thank you for your review. Because of the conservation area status, visitors are not permitted to drive to the covered bridge, but check-in at the Visitor Center. There, you will find information on waterfalls, wetlands, hiking trails, gardens, cottage rentals, nature programs, Discovery Room museum,...More

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Reviewed December 31, 2017

Easy to moderate walk in the middle of pristine mature forest which has been gifted to the state parks to manage for years of public use. Very well maintained with helpful park rangers and cabins to rent if you choose to stay longer than a...More

Thank Sherry R
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Reviewed December 6, 2017 via mobile

Stayed in the pet friendly Garden cabin for two nights. The cabin was recently renovated and very well done. Leather furniture, wood look floors, solid surface counters and subway tile in the shower. There is even a hot tub! All linens are furnished, as well...More

Thank ATLkams
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