Located on Georgia Highway 75 Alternate, 3 miles west of Helen, just south of the Richard B. Russell Scenic Highway (GA 348). North Georgia's premier trout stream, Duke's Creek runs through this spectacular mountain property and is a favorite for catch-and-release fishing.Five miles of trails and 18 miles of roads allow hikers and bicyclists to explore hardwoods, streams and wildlife. Trout fishing and van tours are offered only on certain days of the week, so visitors should call for a current schedule. The Lodge at Smithgall Woods is an elegant mountain retreat perfect for romantic getaways or corporate retreats. Five cottages provide 14 bedrooms with private baths. Smithgall Woods was acquired by the state in 1994 as a gift-purchase from Charles A. Smithgall, Jr., a noted conservationist and businessman.