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


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DETOUR: Beginning May 27, 2014, there will be a detour for Clarks Bridge Road due to a DOT project to build a new bridge for SR 284 over the Chattahoochee River portion of Lake Lanier at the Lake Lanier Olympic Center. The project completion date is December 31, 2015. This will affect folks coming from Gainesville so please be advised.


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 ($125-$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 ($45)
    • 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


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Junior Ranger Adventure Thursdays
Thursdays 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM – Jul 17, 2014 until Jul 24, 2014 
Get Outdoors GeorgiaTons of FunA new adventure every week. We will start out with a nature activity such as bird watching, fishing or a nature hike, have lunch in the park and then end with a craft that will reflect on the days activities. All this fun while earning your junior ranger patches!  $5 plus $5 parking. 678-450-7726.
Birds of Don Carter State Park
Saturday, Jul 19, 2014 9 AM to 10 AM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaRanger will guide a hike on lake loop trail and help participants identify birds from the park.  $3 plus $5 parking. 678-450-7726.
Ranger Clint's Roving Adventures
Saturdays 9 AM - 5 PM – Jul 19, 2014 until Jul 26, 2014 
Get Outdoors GeorgiaTons of FunRanger Clint spends a lot of time out visiting the guests inside the park on Saturdays between his classes. When you see his buggy driving around with the "Roving Ranger" sign on top, flag him down and see what fun he has in store. From a live animal to some bones and feathers or maybe a story about the park, he is always ready for fun.  0 plus $5 parking. 678-450-7726.
Handicapped Accessible Snakes Alive
Saturday, Jul 19, 2014 11 AM to 12 PM
Sunday, Jul 20, 2014 4 PM to 5 PM
Saturday, Jul 26, 2014 11 AM to 12 PM
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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. Meet at the visitor center upper parking lot.  $5 plus $5 parking. 678-450-7726.
Terrapin Trail Hike
Saturday, Jul 19, 2014 2 PM to 3 PM
Sunday, Jul 27, 2014 3 PM to 4 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaTons of FunA leisurely 2-mile hike on Terrapin Trail. Come prepared for a nice hike and some scenic views. You will also meet one of the park's resident creatures.  $3 plus $5 parking. 678-450-7726.
Intro to Canoe Fun
Sunday, Jul 20, 2014 11 AM to 2 PM
Sunday, Jul 27, 2014 11 AM to 2 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaParticipants 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.
Animals and their signs
Sunday, Jul 20, 2014 6 PM to 7 PM
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.
Primitive Fire Making
Saturday, Jul 26, 2014 1 PM to 2 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaLearn how to start a fire using multiple methods including flint and steel, Bow Drill and magnesium rod. Also, how to select fire tender and comparing natural tender to home made and store bought brands.  $3 plus $5 parking. 678-450-7726.
Handicapped Accessible Reptiles
Saturday, Jul 26, 2014 4 PM to 5 PM
Ranger Clint will introduce you to reptiles from all over the globe. You will see snakes, lizards and even a giant tarantula. This will be held at shelter 3 at the beach. Donations appreciated and go to the care of the animals in the show. $5 parking. 678-450-7726.
Back Porch Pickin' in the Breezeway
Saturday, Jul 26, 2014 7 PM to 8 PM
Saturday, Aug 9, 2014 7 PM to 8 PM
Saturday, Aug 23, 2014 7 PM to 8 PM
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.
Chattahoochee Mountain Music Festival
Saturday, Sep 27, 2014 12 PM to 7 PM
What welcomes the first weekend in fall more than an afternoon in the park with live old time music, arts and crafts vendors and good food. Join us for the first annual Chattahoochee Mountain Music Festival. $5 parking. 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.
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Don Carter State Park


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