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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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Huge state park

Definitely stop in at the visitor center to get some guidance on what you want to do and see. What... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Susan I
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Atlanta, Georgia
Cool old gold mine shaft and covered bridge

My friends and I arrived at the park and looked at the map for things to do. There are more things... read more

Reviewed 24 January 2018
Ricky J
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Deltona, Florida
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“hiking trails” (9 reviews)
“covered bridge” (11 reviews)
“paved road” (5 reviews)
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61 Tsalaki Trl, Helen, GA 30545-3001
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+1 706-878-3087
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"hiking trails"
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"covered bridge"
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"trout"
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"real jewel"
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"parking pass"
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"state park"
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"visitor center"
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"north georgia"
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"picnic area"
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"short hike"
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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

2  Thank Susan I
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Will W, General Manager at Smithgall Woods Conservation Area, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

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 24 January 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 16 January 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

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Reviewed 15 January 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

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Will W, General Manager at Smithgall Woods Conservation Area, responded to this reviewResponded 17 January 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 31 December 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 6 December 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

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Reviewed 21 November 2017

So, we almost skipped hiking here due to some of the negative reviews about the looong paved road one has to hike first to get to the trails. I can't speak to the actual distance but it sure didnt feel like more then a mile,...More

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Reviewed 8 November 2017

The hardest part of this review is to disclose its location – at least to people unfamiliar with Georgia. It’s a bit difficult to find, our GPS took us to a back gate, but there were directions there on how to circle the 5000+ acre...More

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Will W, General Manager at Smithgall Woods Conservation Area, responded to this reviewResponded 10 November 2017

Thank you so much for your kind review. Don't forget to stop by and visit our neighboring historic site, the Hardman Farm located in the Nacoochee Valley while you are here. Please come again soon.

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Reviewed 19 September 2017 via mobile

We usually use TripAdvisor to help us a LOT. That is why we started writing reviews to help others, like we have been helped. I didn't think I needed to read a review on a state park but I should have. We agree with someone...More

1  Thank Jennifer R
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Management response:Responded 21 September 2017

Thank you for your trail review. There is also the Laurel Ridge Trail, just outside the Visitor Center, that does not require any walking along Tsalaki Trail (the paved road that accesses other trailheads in the conservation area). There is no driving in the conservation...More

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Reviewed 5 September 2017

I loved all the nearby parks and outdoor areas but was most impressed by the hike my family made here. The friendly staff at the interpretive center was so helpful and made the visit special - we bought our young boys junior ranger vests and...More

Thank Tim H
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