The outdoor paradise that’s North Georgia remains one of the marvelous destinations to enjoy a diverse landscape. With towering mountains, miles of hiking trails, and serene streams, all these natural features compose Smithgall Woods State Park. Approximately 5,664 acres, this peaceful nature reserve offers the idyllic place to explore the wonder of our region. Whether you hike, bike, go fishing, or simply sightseeing, add this sanctuary to your itinerary for a memorable experience.
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Why You Need to Visit Smithgall Woods State Park
No matter the season, Smithgall Woods State Park is simply breathtaking from any angle. While the beauty of this nature preserve is captivating, this vast expanse of Mother Nature’s Playground may be difficult to navigate without some guidance. Refer to the official Smithgall Woods map for an overview of the various trail networks from the Visitors Center or download to your smartphone, and consult our free travel planner (link above) to find out where else to reconnect with nature.
The Trails to Explore
Smithgall Woods State Park offers a blank canvas for your next outdoor adventures. Enjoy the wonder of North Georgia along the vast network of paths winding through this enchanting conservation area and along the Dukes Creek and other sources of water. Either use the map or simply meander through this area to locate the following trails. You and your senses will be delighted at the sights and by the sounds defining them.
- Cathy Ellis Trail
- Dukes Creek Falls Trail, one of the marvelous hiking trails in North Georgia
- The Laurel Ridge Trail
- Martin’s Mine Trail
- Visitor Center Loop Trail
- Wetland Loop Trail
In addition, we also encourage you to drive along the Russell Brasstown National Scenic Byway. Stop off the side of the road and hike to at the Dukes Creek Falls, one of the captivating North Georgia Mountains waterfalls, as well as gaze upon the rare and endangered Florida Torreya. We recommend bringing a camera with you to capture your favorite spots in this beloved preserve!
Other Recreational Activities
Although hiking is among the most popular activity in North Georgia, fishing remains another top pastime. Nestled at the base of the Southern Appalachian Mountains, you’ll find a vast network of streams and brooks flowing throughout Smithgall Woods State Park, all featuring some of the best trout fishing. Cast a line with one of our top choices for outfitters and adventure companies, or find a quiet place to drop a line at your own pace. Whatever way you decide to enjoy your day, you’re sure to create a lifetime of memories!
More Locations for Nature Lovers and Outdoor Enthusiasts
North Georgia provides you with the opportunity to reconnect with nature, your special someone, and most importantly yourself. Once you’ve explored Smithgall Woods State Park, your interests to explore more of our region will spark. Unplug from our modern world, immerse yourself in our mountainous retreat, and enjoy these other places and activities!
- Cycling adventures on the various North Georgia mountain biking trails
- Horseback riding in the North Georgia Mountains
- Kayaking on the Chattahoochee
- Learning the history of the Sautee Nacoochee Indian Mound
- Visiting the Soque River & trophy trout fishing
- Leisurely hiking through the Tallulah Gorge State Park
- Sightseeing in the Unicoi State Park
Unwind at Sylvan Valley Lodge & Cellars
After your Smithgall Woods State Park adventures, head back to the rustic comfort of our intimate retreat. Your stay at Sylvan Valley Lodge encompasses the charm of North Georgia and pairs well with marvelous vistas featuring Yonah Mountain, exquisite vino from the Frolicking Faeries Collection, charming gardens, and comfortable accommodations. Peruse our beautifully appointed rooms and reserve the one most appealing to your tastes.
After you book, browse our many packages, all of which are designed to introduce you to the wonder of our region. A popular special, consider adding our Great Outdoor Package to your reservation. This unique opportunity features a two-night getaway, light hor devours at the Knot Bar, a hearty breakfast, a gourmet picnic, and a map of the various hiking trails and waterfalls. Relaxation and recreation are waiting on your arrival, and we can’t wait to host you!