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Don Carter State Park

Reservations 800-864-7275
Park 678-450-7726

 
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"The Chattahoochee River, flowing from the north Georgia Mountains, meets Lake Lanier at Don Carter State Park, creating a unique opportunity for recreation and outdoor appreciation on the northern edge of metro-Atlanta."

Don Carter is Georgia’s newest state park, as well as the first state park on 38,000-acre Lake Lanier. Situated on the north end of the reservoir, the park offers outstanding recreation for water lovers.  Guests can stay cool at a large, sand swimming beach with bath house. Boat ramps provide quick access to the lake, while a multi-use trail welcomes hikers and bikers to explore the hardwood forest.

This new park offers several choices for overnight getaways as well. Two-bedroom cabins are perched on wooded hillsides near the lake. One campground is designed specifically for RVs, while another primitive camping area is just for tents and hammocks. The campground and cottage loop is gated, providing access to overnight guests.

The park is named in honor of real-estate executive Don Carter who served on the Georgia Department of Natural Resources board for 29 years and worked to establish Lake Lanier’s first state park.

$5 parking. Annual passes available.
GeorgiaStateParks.org/DonCarter

Park Hours:

7 a.m.–10 p.m.

Office Hours:

8 a.m.–5 p.m.

Accommodations & Facilities:

• 1,316 Acres
• 8 Cottages ($200–$250) — #1 is dog friendly ($45/dog, 2 max)
• 44 RV Campsites ($30)
• 12 Primitive "Walk-in" Tent Sites ($20)
• 4 Picnic Shelters ($50)
• 38,000-Acre Lake Lanier
• 10.4 Miles of Shoreline
• Boat Ramps
• Docks
• Fish-Cleaning Station
• Sand Beach

Things To Do & See:

• Kayak, Stand-Up Paddleboard and Aquacycle Rentals — seasonal
• Fishing
• Boating
• Swimming
• Hiking and Biking — 4 miles of trails
• Picnicking
• Playgrounds

Nearby Attractions:

• Chattahoochee Golf Club
• Chattahoochee River
Dahlonega Gold Museum & Historic Downtown
• Elachee Nature Science Center
• Flowery Branch Historic Downtown Shops & Dining
• Francis Meadows Aquatic Center
• Gainesville Main Street & Historic Downtown Square
• Jaemor Farm Market
Lake Lanier Area Attractions
• Lake Lanier Islands Resort
• Lake Lanier Olympic Venue
• Lakeshore Mall
• North Georgia Canopy Tours
• Northeast Georgia History Center
• Quinlan Visual Arts Center
• Road Atlanta
Smithgall Woods State Park


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Dendrology Scavenger Hunt
Saturday, May 28, 2016 10 AM
Learn orienteering and tree identification at the same time! Using the skills we teach you, a map, and a compass that we provide, identify 20 species of native trees in the park. The winner gets a prize.  $5 plus $5 parking. 678-450-7726.
Get Outdoors Georgia
Let’s go Birdwatching (Silver in the park - ages 50+)
Wednesday, Jun 1, 2016 10 AM to 11:30 AM
Silver in the Park are outdoor programs that seek to enhance a lively aging community. The first Wednesday of June, come for a short birdwatching hike, and then, learn an easy way to build your own bird feeder. $5 parking. 678-450-7726.
Get Outdoors Georgia
Huckleberry Loop Hike - National Trails Day
Saturday, Jun 4, 2016 10 AM
Join our naturalist for a nature hike around the Huckleberry Point Loop. This easy 3/4 mile loop will take you into a beautiful wooded area while hugging the shoreline of Lake Lanier. Along the way we will point out some native plants and will be on the lookout for wildlife.  $5 plus $5 parking. 678-450-7726.
Get Outdoors Georgia
Night Hike
Saturday, Jun 4, 2016 8:30 PM
Let’s look for phosphorescent organisms, listen for owls, and enjoy a frog chorus. You never know what we might find in the dark. Wear closed-toe shoes. Bring a flashlight, insect repellent, and water.  $3 plus $5 parking. 678-450-7726.
Get Outdoors Georgia
CSI Goes Wild
Tuesday, Jun 7, 2016 6:30 PM
Learn how to identify some of Georgia’s interesting waterfowl, determine a deer’s sex and age using bones, age a turkey with its feathers, and more! A UGA wildlife biologist will teach you how to apply forensics to the wild world.  $5 plus $5 parking. 678-450-7726.
Get Outdoors Georgia
Hike with the Ranger (Silver in the Park - ages 50+)
Wednesday, Jun 8, 2016 10 AM to 11:30 AM
Silver in the Park are outdoor programs that seek to enhance a lively aging community. Join the naturalist for an easy hike to learn about native plants and wildlife. If you want, bring a picnic lunch and enjoy the park. $5 parking. 678-450-7726.
Get Outdoors Georgia
Meet a Georgia Forester
Thursday, Jun 9, 2016 6:30 PM
Would you like to know how many trees per acre are on your land? Discover ways to measure a tree’s height, weight and age. Through fun demonstrations, a UGA forester will answer those questions and more.  $5 plus $5 parking. 678-450-7726.
Get Outdoors Georgia
Volunteer Work Day
Saturday, Jun 11, 2016 9 AM
Saturday, Jul 9, 2016 9 AM
Saturday, Aug 13, 2016 9 AM
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Come join the Friends of Don Carter State Park every second Saturday of the month to participate in a variety of volunteer projects. Meet at park's visitor center. 678-450-7726.
Get Outdoors Georgia
Flat Creek Adventure - Get Outdoors Day
Saturday, Jun 11, 2016 10 AM
Join in celebrating National Get Outdoors Day on this 2-3 hour excursion to the one of the wildest parts of the lake! This rigorous trip will take us to Flat Creek Island, the northern-most island on Lake Lanier. Bring food and water for this trip, it takes a lot of energy.  $20 with personal kayak/canoe - $30 with kayak rental $5 parking. 678-450-7726.
Get Outdoors Georgia
Fishing at the Lake (Silver in the Park - ages 50+)
Wednesday, Jun 15, 2016 10 AM to 11:30 AM
Silver in the Park are outdoor programs that seek to enhance a lively aging community. The third Wednesday of June, come to fish from the pier or the shore. No experience necessary. Fishing poles and bait provided. $5 parking. 678-450-7726.
Get Outdoors Georgia
Junior Ranger Summer Camp
Monday, Jun 20, 2016 9 AM to 2 PM
Tuesday, Jun 21, 2016 9 AM to 2 PM
Wednesday, Jun 22, 2016 9 AM to 2 PM
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Want something fun to do this summer? At Junior Ranger Day Camp, children learn about nature, history, and animals while playing games and making new friends. Children will earn badges to take home. This 4-day camp will include tons of outdoor recreational, educational opportunities including hiking, fishing, canoeing, nature art, and more!  $40 plus $5 parking. 678-450-7726.
Get Outdoors Georgia
Junior Ranger Summer Camp
Monday, Jun 27, 2016 9 AM to 2 PM
Tuesday, Jun 28, 2016 9 AM to 2 PM
Wednesday, Jun 29, 2016 9 AM to 2 PM
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Want something fun to do this summer? At Junior Ranger Day Camp, children learn about nature, history, and animals while playing games and making new friends. Children will earn badges to take home. This 4-day camp will include tons of outdoor recreational, educational opportunities including hiking, fishing, canoeing, nature art, and more.  $40 plus $5 parking. 678-450-7726.
Get Outdoors Georgia
Chattahoochee Mountain Music Festival
Saturday, Sep 24, 2016 12 PM
Join us for an afternoon in the park with live old time music, arts and crafts vendors and good food. This will be Don Carter State Park's third annual Chattahoochee Mountain Music Festival. $5 parking. 678-450-7726.
Address/Directions
Don Carter State Park
5000 North Browning Bridge Road
Gainesville, GA 30506
Hall County


GPS Coordinates:
N 34.3876220 | W -83.7464620

Located northeast of Gainesville, on the north side of the lake. From Clarks Bridge Road, go south on N. Browning Bridge Road. At the “Y,” take the left fork and continue for one-half mile to the park entrance.


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Don Carter State Park
5000 North Browning Bridge Road
Gainesville, GA 30506 View Details


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Don Carter State Park


Make reservations using the options above or call 1-800-864-7275 (Monday–Friday, 8 a.m.–8 p.m.; Saturday–Sunday, 9 a.m.–5 p.m. EST).
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