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Smithgall Woods Conservation Area

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Well-maintained, Easy to Find, Easy drive from Helen, GA

We visit Helen, GA annually. This park is an easy, short drive from Helen and it offers some lovely... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Genia K
State Park with Discovery Center, easy walks, good signage, interesting sights

Given the sunny, warmish weather for December, we decided to go for a hike. Smithgall Woods is a... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Dawsonville, Georgia
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“hiking trails”(9 reviews)
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visit Helen, GA annually. This park is an easy, short drive from Helen and it offers some lovely and somewhat rigorous trails. We only had opportunity to hike the Laurel Vista Trail, but it was a lovely hike. Next time we go to Helen,...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Given the sunny, warmish weather for December, we decided to go for a hike. Smithgall Woods is a wonderful Georgia State Park with lots to offer. There is a staffed visitor center with a gift shop, nice restrooms, and a discovery room with mounted animals,...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed October 16, 2018

I specifically asked the person in charge about the difficulty of the walk, as I was having back problems. He said “ After the 1st incline it levels off and it’s an asphalt path.” None of this was true, there are multiple inclines after the...More

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank Kathy B
Reviewed August 7, 2018

We went last week to hike trails in Smithgall Woods, and most were closed due to flooding and road damage. (706) 878-3087 There was one trail open, the Laurel Ridge trail, but none were open that ran along Dukes Creek. This is a great park...More

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank dbarrett2016
Will W, General Manager at Smithgall Woods Conservation Area, responded to this reviewResponded August 9, 2018

Thank you for your review Mr./Ms. Barrett, There was a culvert damaged in the June Flood, but the park remains open and we will be hosting the Cabin Fever Bluegrass & BBQ Festival on September 1st. DOT has come to our rescue to replace the...More

Reviewed June 18, 2018

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!

Date of experience: June 2018
3  Thank amandagalfordiin
Reviewed May 31, 2018 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.

Date of experience: May 2018
1  Thank moniquee2016
Reviewed May 31, 2018 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

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank hansv245
Reviewed May 19, 2018

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

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank Russ K
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

Date of experience: February 2018
5  Thank Susan I
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!

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

Date of experience: January 2018
2  Thank 746rickyj
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Elizabeth B
September 9, 2018|
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Response from WillW1667 | Property representative |
Hello Elizabeth, We do in fact have an ADA Trail directly outside the Visitor Center. It is a 1/3 of a mile and walks along the scenic Dukes Creek and gardens in progress. There are also interpretive panels with QR codes... More
July 22, 2018|
Response from amandagalfordiin | Reviewed this property |
Yes. You can access the trails most any time. The office is only open 8-5pm. Have fun!