“This dirt road climbs from Helen to the heart of Smithgall Woods State Park.”
— Lost Justpastnowhere
Need to Know
You'll need $5 (2018) or a State Parks Pass for parking.
This is the easier of two routes leading from the very touristy, German-themed village of Helen into the center of Smithgall Woods State Park. There are a couple of wildlife openings/viewing areas along the trail, in which I saw some turkeys. You'll need to ford Dukes Creek just before you reach Tsalaki Trail
. Other than that, this is an unremarkable forest road.
There is no vehicular traffic allowed on any of the roads in the park.