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Description - Smithgall Woods-Dukes Creek Conservation Area was acquired by the state in 1994 as a gift-purchase from Charles A. Smithgall, Jr., a noted conservationist and businessman. Governor Zell Miller dedicated it as a Heritage Preserve, ensuring this spectacular estate will remain protected for future generations. North Georgia's premier trout stream, Dukes Creek, runs through the property and is available for catch-and-release fishing with special regulations.

This park is in the highlands region of Georgia.

Recreation - Three miles of trails and 18 miles of roads allow hikers and bicyclers to explore hardwoods, streams and wildlife. Quota hunts are offered during spring, fall and winter.

Trout fishing, shuttle service and guided tours offered only on certain days of the week. Call for current schedule and to make reservations. All visitors must register at the visitor center.

Climate - Georgia generally experiences mild, comfortable winters and warm to hot, humid summers. Be prepared for occasional cold weather during the winter, especially at the higher elevations in northern Georgia.

Location - Located on Ga. Hwy. 75-Alternate, 3 miles west of Helen, just south of the Richard B. Russell Scenic Hwy. (Ga. Hwy. 348).

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Report: Excellent mid-week camping along Duke's Creek in the Raven Cliff's WIlderness Area. Weekends find people combing the woods and walking through campsites. Catch it Sunday evening through Thursday and you may find yourself quite alone with the black bears. Take Richard B. Russell Hwy north past Duke's Creek Falls. Make the first left into the new Raven Cliff's trailhead. Follow the gravel road back a mile or two to a series of primitive, free campsites. The road dead-ends about five miles back, but there are campsites dotted all along the way. Be sure to pack out what you pack in. This area has seen more than its share of disrespectful campers.

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Contact Information:
Smithgall Woods-Dukes Creek Conservation Area, 61 Tsalaki Trail , Helen, GA, 30545, Phone: 706-878-3087

Additional Information:
Georgia State Parks and Historic Sites - There are 54 State Parks in Georgia, located throughout the state. The northern part of the state has the most parks with a high concentration along the coast as well.
Highlands Region - This area comprises the northern quarter of the state. Gainesville is the major city within this region. The terrain in this area is lush and mountainous.

Georgia State Parks - Official Agency Website


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