Georgia State Parks and Historic Sites
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 ($125-$250)
       - Cottage #1 is dog friendly ($45 fee per dog, two dog max)
       - Cottage #3 is ADA
    • 44 RV Campsites ($25-$29)
    • 12 Primitive "Walk-in" Tent Sites ($15)
    • 4 Picnic Shelters ($45)
    • 38,000-Acre Lake Lanier
    • 10.4 Miles of Shoreline

THINGS TO DO & SEE (some fees apply)
    • 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

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Azalea Planting
Saturday, Apr 19, 2014 9 AM to 11 AM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaWe would like your help in beautifying the new Don Carter State Park. Our first volunteer event last fall was to plant native azaleas. It's now time replace plants that succumbed to the heavy freezes finish the second half of this project. Dress to get dirty. 678-450-7726.
Handicapped Accessible Lakeview Loop Hike
Saturday, Apr 26, 2014 10 AM to 11 AM
Sunday, May 25, 2014 1 PM to 2 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaRanger led easy hike on one of the park's paved trails. Learn more about native flora and fauna and enjoy some lake views.  $2 plus $5 parking. 678-450-7726.
Handicapped Accessible Snakes Alive
Saturday, Apr 26, 2014 3 PM to 4 PM
Sunday, Apr 27, 2014 1 PM to 2 PM
Sunday, May 11, 2014 4 PM to 5 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaRanger will teach about some of the local snake species and their benefits to the park. Participants will also learn about non-native snakes and how they affect the environment.  $5 plus $5 parking. 678-450-7726.
Introduction to Camping
Sunday, Apr 27, 2014 10 AM to 11 AM
Sunday, May 4, 2014 11 AM to 12 PM
Saturday, May 24, 2014 10 AM to 11 AM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaRanger will show the proper way for participants to setup a safe and enjoyable campsite. Participants will also be introduced to camping equipment and its proper uses.  $5 plus $5 parking. 678-450-7726.
Animals and their signs
Sunday, Apr 27, 2014 3 PM to 4 PM
Sunday, May 4, 2014 1 PM to 2 PM
Sunday, May 11, 2014 2 PM to 3 PM
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Get Outdoors GeorgiaRanger lead short hike looking for local reptiles, mammals, insects and birds and the signs that they leave while living in the park. Will have discussions about their importance to the ecosystems and the symbiotic relationships they may have with other animals from the area.  $3 plus $5 parking. 678-450-7726.
Intro to Canoe Fun
Saturday, May 3, 2014 9 AM to 12 PM
Sunday, May 11, 2014 9 AM to 12 PM
Sunday, May 18, 2014 11 AM to 2 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaRanger guided Canoe tour. Participants will learn the basics of canoe safety and proper use of equipment and be lead on a paddle around the cove.  $30 per boat. $5 parking. 678-450-7726.
Easy Camp Cooking
Saturday, May 10, 2014 10 AM to 11 AM
Saturday, May 24, 2014 12 PM to 1 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaRanger will introduce participants to several easy camping meals and review a few different camping stoves and compare those to cooking on an open fire.  $5 fee plus $5 parking. 678-450-7726.
Camp Fire Safety
Saturday, May 10, 2014 3 PM to 4 PM
Saturday, May 31, 2014 12 PM to 1 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaRanger will teach participants how to build a fire safely and demonstrate some primitive fire making techniques such as flint and steel and Fire bow drill.  $3 plus $5 parking. 678-450-7726.
Birds of Don Carter State Park
Saturday, May 24, 2014 3 PM to 4 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaRanger will guide a hike on lake loop trail and help participants find and identify some of the birds from the park.  $3 plus $5 parking. 678-450-7726.
Don Carter State Park
5000 N. Browning Bridge Rd.
Gainesville , GA30506

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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