Smithgall Woods State Park’s Sunflowers & Selfies

Smithgall Woods State Park hosts Sunflowers & Selfies this weekend, September 4th-6th.

Acres of sunflowers are in full bloom at Smithgall Woods State Park in Helen. That means it’s also time to participate in Sunflowers & Selfies, an annual event that raises funds for the Cabin Fever Campaign. The event runs this weekend, August 29-30, and next Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, September 4th-6th from 10:00 AM until 3:00 PM. Cost is a $5.00 parking pass per vehicle and a $3.00 per person fee for the guided hike.

Because of the COVID-19, the only way to see the sunflowers is through the guided hike. Hikes will take about 35 minutes and go almost a mile along the paved road that is closed to vehicles. During the hike, participants will learn about the history of the park. Cost for the guided hike is $3.00 per person; all proceeds go toward the Cabin Fever Campaign. Hikes leave on the hour at 10:00 AM, 11:00 AM, 12:00 PM, 1:00 PM, and 2:00 PM.

Reservations for the hike must be made in advance by calling the Visitor’s Center at (706) 878-3087. You’ll need to indicate the day and the time of the hike you want to take. Groups will be kept small to encourage social distancing.

Participate in the photo contest by sharing your photos of the event.

The park is also hosting a photo contest of photos taken during the event. Photos can be shared at #SGWSelfies 20 on Instagram or tagged Smithgall Woods State Park on Facebook.

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