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