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 ($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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Night Hike
Friday, Apr 24, 2015 7:45 PM to 9 PM
Thursday, May 7, 2015 7:45 PM to 9 PM
Come experience the natural wonder of our hiking trails... at 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 7:45 PM.  $5 plus $5 parking. 678-450-7726.
Survival Training
Saturday, Apr 25, 2015 3 PM to 4 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaCome learn the skills and techniques needed to survive if you ever become lost in the wilderness, and learn how to prevent a survival situation. In this program, a park ranger will teach you the basics of survival, preparation, and equipment. All ages welcome. Register in advance in the visitor center or call ahead.  $5 plus $5 parking. 678-450-7726.
Campfire Safety
Saturday, Apr 25, 2015 6 PM to 6:45 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaRanger will teach participants how to build a fire safely using multiple techniques. All ages welcome.  $5 plus $5 parking. 678-450-7726.
Stream Ecology
Friday, May 1, 2015 11 AM to 12 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaCome discover the diversity of life that is found in Georgia's streams. A park ranger will lead a short hike to a stream and explain the water cycle, including the different life stages of aquatic animals. All ages welcome.  $5 plus $5 parking. 678-450-7726.
Volunteer Work Day
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.
National Kids to Parks Day: Paddling Trip
Saturday, May 16, 2015 10 AM to 1 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaJoin us as we paddle up a beautiful section of Lake Lanier and see undeveloped parts of the park seen best from the water. We will be on the lookout for some wildlife which can often be spotted on this tranquil portion of the lake. The entire trip will be on flat water so this will be fun for the whole family. Space is limited.  $10-$15 plus $5 parking. 678-450-7726.
National Trails Day: Nature Hike
Saturday, Jun 6, 2015 10 AM to 12 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaJoin 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.
Back Porch Pickin' in the Breezeway
Saturday, Jun 13, 2015 7 PM to 8 PM
Saturday, Jun 27, 2015 7 PM to 8 PM
Saturday, Jul 11, 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.
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 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.
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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