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Don Carter State Park
Reservations 800-864-7275
Park: 678-450-7726

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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.

Cell Notice: Some providers have limited service within park boundaries.

Park Hours: 7 a.m.–10 p.m.
Office Hours: 8 a.m.–5 p.m.
Parking: $5

    • 1,316 Acres
    • 8 Cottages ($200-$250)
       - Cottage #1 is dog friendly ($45 fee per dog, two dog max)
       - Cottage #3 is ADA
    • 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

THINGS TO DO & SEE (some fees apply)
    • Kayak Rentals
    • Fishing – ramps, fish-cleaning station
    • Boating – ramps and docks
    • Lake Swimming -- large sand beach
    • Hiking and Biking – 1.5-mile paved multi-use trail and 1-mile hiking trail
    • Picnicking
    • Playgrounds

NEARBY ATTRACTIONS (within 30 minutes)

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Independence Day Paddle Trip
Saturday, Jul 4, 2015 10 AM to 12 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaCome join us in celebrating Independence Day here at the park with a fun-filled paddle trip on the most beautiful part of the lake! Bring a kayak or canoe or rent here, but register soon as rentals are limited. Meet at the boat ramp.  $15 per person/$25 with rental $5 parking. 678-450-7726.
Bicycle, Golf Cart and Pet Parade
Saturday, Jul 4, 2015 2 PM to 3 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaDecorate your bicycle or golf cart and dress-up your furry friend for a parade through the day use area. Awards will go to the most patriotic participants. Participants of all ages are welcome. Golf carts must meet State Park regulations. Bicycle helmets required for children under 16. $5 parking. 678-450-7726.
Into the Wild!
Sunday, Jul 5, 2015 2 PM to 3:45 PM
Sunday, Jul 19, 2015 2 PM to 3:45 PM
Sunday, Jul 26, 2015 2 PM to 3:45 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaJoin in this ranger-led hike through our wildest trail: Dog Creek Trail! The trail is little known and offers the greatest chance to encounter the wildlife that calls our park home. Moderate to strenuous hike, bring plenty of water. We will cross the creek twice so wear appropriate shoes. Meet at the walk-in campsite parking.  $3 plus $5 parking. 678-450-7726.
Back Porch Pickin' in the Breezeway
Saturday, Jul 11, 2015 7 PM to 8 PM
Saturday, Jul 25, 2015 7 PM to 8 PM
Saturday, Aug 8, 2015 7 PM to 8 PM
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Join us at the Visitor Center to enjoy some of north Georgia's finest mountain music. Be sure to bring a chair. Arrive early to grab snacks and souvenirs from the gift shop.  Donations for Pickers $5 parking. 678-450-7726.
Bike the Park
Wednesday, Jul 15, 2015 8:30 AM to 9:30 AM
Wednesday, Jul 22, 2015 8:30 AM to 9:30 AM
Wednesday, Jul 29, 2015 8:30 AM to 9:30 AM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaBring your bicycle and join in a group ride through the park! We will start at the visitor center and ride through the day use and overnight areas as well as the paved loop trails. Be sure to wear a helmet and bring plenty of water because hydration is key! Moderately hilly route.  $5 plus $5 parking. 678-450-7726.
Night Hike
Thursday, Jul 16, 2015 9 PM to 10 PM
Thursday, Jul 23, 2015 9 PM to 10 PM
Come experience the natural wonder of our hiking night! A park ranger will lead the group through the park, offering a unique experience that will pique your senses when vision is limited. Meet at the visitor center before sundown, around 8:30 PM.  $3 plus $5 parking. 678-450-7726.
New Moon Kayaking
Friday, Jul 17, 2015 8:30 PM to 10 PM
Saturday, Jul 18, 2015 8:30 PM to 10 PM
Friday, Sep 11, 2015 8:30 PM to 10 PM
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Get Outdoors GeorgiaTons of FunExperience Lake Lanier under a sky lit only by stars! We will listen to the beautiful night sounds from the water and enjoy some of the best stargazing North Georgia has to offer. Bring a kayak or rent one here, but register soon because space and rentals are limited! Meet at the boat ramp. Proceeds in cloudy skies or light rain.  $15 per person/$25 with kayak rental $5 parking. 678-450-7726.
Run With The Ranger
Saturday, Jul 18, 2015 8:30 AM to 9:30 AM
Saturday, Jul 25, 2015 8:30 AM to 9:30 AM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaWake up early for a morning run through the park with a ranger! We will experience the beauty of nature just after the sun rises and while the wildlife is stirring! The run will be a mixture of pavement and trail running, wear appropriate shoes and bring WATER! Meet at the visitor center, run will be approximately 2.5 miles. $5 parking. 678-450-7726.
Bark in the Park
Saturday, Jul 18, 2015 4 PM to 5 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaBring your dog to hike at the park! We will meet at the visitor center and hike through the park with our furry companions. Any dog brought to this event must play well with other dogs, and MUST remain on a leash. Meet at the visitor center.  $5 plus $5 parking. 678-450-7726.
Wildlife Through a Lens
Friday, Jul 24, 2015 7 PM to 8:30 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaOutdoor photography is one of the most enjoyable activities, especially at a state park! Bring your camera as we tour through the park on a journey to capture the best images of the the great outdoors that we cherish so dearly. Recreational photographer or professional, all are encouraged to join.  $5 plus $5 parking. 678-450-7726.
Flat Creek Adventure
Saturday, Jul 25, 2015 11 AM to 3 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaJoin in on this 4-hour excursion to the wildest park of the lake! This rigorous trip will take us to Flat Creek Island where a great deal of wildlife may be encountered. Next we will paddle up Flat Creek and enjoy the peaceful tranquility that it offers. Bring food and water for this trip, it takes a lot of energy.  $40 with personal kayak/canoe - $50 with kayak rental $5 parking. 678-450-7726.
Full Moon Paddling Tour
Friday, Jul 31, 2015 8:30 PM to 10 PM
Saturday, Aug 29, 2015 8:30 PM to 10 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaEnjoy paddling at night along the beautiful Lake Lanier under the light of a full moon! Experience the wonders of nature that are unique to nighttime and create a memory that you will never forget! Bring your own kayak/canoe or rent here, limited rentals available, so register in advance. All ages welcome. Meet at the boat ramp.  $15 with personal kayak/canoe - $25 with rental. $5 parking. 678-450-7726.
Your State Parks Day: Lake Lanier Shore Sweep
Saturday, Sep 26, 2015 8 AM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaJoin us in supporting Don Carter State Park and Lake Lanier by participating in Lake Lanier Association's annual Shore Sweep. This annual event is organized for the benefit of Lake Lanier and all that enjoy its beauty. In past years Shore Sweep has had over 1,000 volunteers! 678-450-7726.
Lunar Eclipse Paddling Tour
Sunday, Sep 27, 2015 8 PM to 10:30 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaTons of FunBring your kayak or canoe or rent a kayak here before we head out on the water to view a total lunar eclipse! the eclipse will begin at 8 PM and reach the Blood Moon phase around 10 PM. Space and rentals are limited, register in advance. All ages welcome. Meet at boat ramp.  $15 with personal canoe/kayak - $25 with rental kayak $5 parking. 678-450-7726.
Don Carter State Park
5000 N. Browning Bridge Rd.
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.

Don Carter State Park
5000 N. Browning Bridge Rd.
Gainesville, GA 30506 View Details

Don Carter State Park

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