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Don Carter State Park
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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


ACCOMMODATIONS & FACILITIES
    • 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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Events
Volunteer Work Day
Saturday, Mar 14, 2015 9 AM to 12 PM
Saturday, May 9, 2015 9 AM to 12 PM
Saturday, Jun 13, 2015 9 AM to 12 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaCome 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.
Icestorm Cleanup
Saturday, Mar 14, 2015 9 AM to 12 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaThe park was hit hard by the recent ice storm and could use your help in debris removal. Join the Friends of Don Carter State Park as we restore the roads and trails. 678-450-7726.
Sweep the Hooch
Saturday, Apr 11, 2015 9 AM to 1 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaJoin us as we partner with Trout Unlimited, Chattahoochee Riverkeepers and the National Park Service for the fifth annual Sweep the Hooch. This massive cleanup extends all the way from the upper Chattahoochee to Chattahoochee Bend State Park. ***Be sure to register on the Sweep the Hooch website before coming out to volunteer. 678-450-7726.
Project Pine Snake
Saturday, Apr 18, 2015 2 PM
Are you interested in conservation? Do snakes capture your attention? If you answered yes, join guest Bryan Hudson to learn all about one of Georgia's largest and most secretive snakes which can be found at Don Carter State Park and surrounding areas. $5 parking. 678-450-7726.
Junior Ranger Camp
Wednesday, Jun 17, 2015 until Friday, Jun 19, 2015 8 AM to 12 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaCome to Don Carter State Park's first annual Jr. Ranger Camp!! We will be offering a variety of activities that will help you earn your very own Jr. Ranger Badge. Advance registration required, space is limited. 6-9 years old. More info coming soon.  40 plus $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 Lainer by participating in Lake Lainer 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.
Address/Directions
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.

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Don Carter State Park
5000 N. Browning Bridge Rd.
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, 8AM-8PM; Saturday-Sunday, 9AM-5PM EST).
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