Don Carter State Park

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.

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 & Aquacycle Rentals — seasonal
• Fishing
• First Time Camper Program
• Boating
• Swimming
• Hiking & 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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Fishing at the Lake - Silver in the Park (Ages 50+)
Wednesday, Oct 26, 2016 10 AM
Fish from the pier or the shore. Fishing poles and bait provided. No experience necessary. Fishing license required. Meet at the Visitor Center 15 min before the program starts. Wear light clothes and bring water.  $5 plus $5 parking. 678-450-7726.
Get Outdoors Georgia
Twilight Lake Lanier Paddle
Friday, Oct 28, 2016 6 PM to 7:30 PM
Join a ranger-led sunset outing to look for wading birds and raptors. Open to anyone who can swim. Kids must be 8 or older and with an adult. Bring your own kayak/canoe or rent here, limited rentals available, so register in advance. Meet at the boat ramp, bring water and a flashlight.  $15 with personal kayak/canoe - $25 with rental. $5 parking. 678-450-7726.
Get Outdoors Georgia
Trunk-o-Treat Fun
Saturday, Oct 29, 2016 1 PM to 2:30 PM
Children dress in their favorite costumes collecting candy from car to car instead of door to door. Kids will have supervised activities while adults decorate cars. Contest for best costumes and car decoration. For those who plan to give candy, call to register. $5 parking. 678-450-7726.
Handicapped Accessible
Glow in the Dark Hike
Saturday, Oct 29, 2016 7:30 PM to 8:30 PM
On this Spooky night, decorate yourselves with glow bracelets, glow sticks or anything that would light up the trail. We will provide extra glow sticks. We will meet at the boat ramp parking. For safety, bring flash lights. Wear close-toed shoes, and insect repellent. $5 parking. 678-450-7726.
Volunteer Work Day
Saturday, Nov 12, 2016 9 AM to 12 PM
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
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.

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

Don Carter State Park