Smithgall Woods is an elegant mountain retreat perfect for romantic getaways, intimate weddings and outings with friends. Five beautifully decorated cottages -- Creekside Cottage, Smithgall Cottage, Dover Cottage, Garden Cottage and Laurel Cottage -- provide a total of 14 bedrooms with private baths, telephones and television. A one-mile trail leads from the cottages to Dukes Creek Falls (cottage guests only). North Georgia's premier trout stream, Dukes Creek, runs through this spectacular mountain property and is a favorite for catch-and-release fishing. Southern Living Magazine called it "the holiest of holies in Georgia trout-catching circles." Reservations for trout fishing are offered only on certain days, so visitors should call for a current schedule. Five miles of trails and 18 miles of roads allow hikers and bicyclists to explore hardwoods, streams and wildlife. This quiet mountain retreat was acquired by the state in 1994 as a gift-purchase from Charles A. Smithgall, Jr., a noted conservationist and businessman.

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