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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
    *If available, cottage walk-ins may be rented for one night with an additional $30 cleaning fee

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, 1-mile connector hiking trail and ¾ miles nature trail
    • Picnicking
    • Playgrounds

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Volunteer Work Day
Saturday, Oct 10, 2015 9 AM
Saturday, Nov 14, 2015 9 AM
Saturday, Dec 12, 2015 9 AM
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.
New Moon Kayaking
Saturday, Oct 10, 2015 8:30 PM to 10 PM
Sunday, Oct 11, 2015 8:30 PM to 10 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaTons of FunExperience Lake Lanier under a sky lit only by stars! We will listen to the beautiful night sounds from the water and enjoy some of the best stargazing North Georgia has to offer. Bring a kayak or rent one here, but register soon because space and rentals are limited! Meet at the boat ramp. Proceeds in cloudy skies or light rain.  $15 per person/$25 with kayak rental $5 parking. 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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