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.
GeorgiaStateParks.org/DonCarter

Park Hours:

7 a.m.–10 p.m.

Office Hours:

8 a.m.–5 p.m.

Accommodations & Facilities:

• 1,316 Acres
• 8 Cottages — #1 is dog friendly ($50/dog, max 2)
• 44 RV Campsites
• 12 Primitive "Walk-in" Tent Sites
• 4 Picnic Shelters
• 38,000-Acre Lake Lanier
• 10.4 Miles of Shoreline
• Boat Ramps
• Docks
• Fish-Cleaning Station
• Sand Beach
• Outdoor Fitness Equipment

Things To Do & See:

• Kayak, Stand-Up Paddleboard & Aquacycle Rentals — seasonal
• Fishing
• First Time Camper Program
• Boating
Educational Programs
• 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
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Animals and Their Signs Hike
Friday, May 26, 2017 3 PM
Friday, Jun 9, 2017 4 PM
Ranger-lead short hike looking for local reptiles, mammals, insects and birds and the signs that they leave while living in the park. If we can, we will cast an animal foot print. Meet at the boat ramp parking. Call To pre-register.  $3 plus $5 parking. 678-450-7726.
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Intro to Kayaking
Friday, May 26, 2017 6 PM to 7:30 PM
Friday, Jun 2, 2017 6:30 PM to 8 PM
Friday, Jun 9, 2017 6:30 PM to 8 PM
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Learn the basics of kayaking on a safe and peaceful section of Lake Lanier. Open to people 16 years and older who can swim and are new to kayaking. Equipment provided. Bring water and sunscreen. Meet at the boat ramp. Pre-registration required.  $25 plus $5 parking. 678-450-7726.
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Intro to Orienteering
Saturday, May 27, 2017 4 PM
Using the skills we teach you, a map and compass that we provide, find 10 species of native trees in the park. The winner gets a prize. Wear closed-toe shoes, bring water, and insect repellent for this off-trail program. Meet at the visitor center. Pre-registration required.  $5 plus $5 parking. 678-450-7726.
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Twilight Lake Lanier Paddle
Saturday, May 27, 2017 7 PM to 8:30 PM
Saturday, Jun 3, 2017 7 PM to 8:30 PM
Saturday, Jun 24, 2017 7:30 PM to 9 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. Equipment provided. Meet at the boat ramp, bring water and a flashlight. Bring your own kayak/canoe or rent here, limited rentals available. Pre-registration required.  $15 with personal kayak/canoe - $25 with rental. $5 parking. 678-450-7726.
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Snakes of North Georgia
Sunday, May 28, 2017 2 PM
Saturday, Jun 24, 2017 3 PM
Join us as our naturalist educates folks about Georgia's wonderful reptiles. We will have live non-venomous snakes. Learn the difference between venomous and non-venomous snake species of North Georgia. Meet at shelter 3 (beach area). $5 parking. 678-450-7726.
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Chattahoochee River Paddle
Sunday, May 28, 2017 4 PM to 5:30 PM
Join the ranger for a fun-filled paddle trip where the Chattahoochee River meets Lake Lanier. We will look for wading birds and raptors. Kids must be 6 or older and with an adult. Meet at the boat ramp. Wear quick drying pants, sun screen, and bring water. Call to pre-register. Bring your own kayak or rent one here.  $15 with personal kayak/canoe - $25 with rental. $5 parking. 678-450-7726.
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Memorial Day Paddle
Monday, May 29, 2017 4 PM to 6 PM
Enjoy a kayak outing in family looking for wading birds and raptors. Open to anyone who can swim. Kids must be 6 or older and with an adult. Equipment provided. Meet at the boat ramp. Bring water, a flashlight, and binoculars (if possible). Bring your own kayak or rent here. Pre-registration required.  $15 with personal kayak. $25 with rental. $5 parking. 678-450-7726.
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Powerwalk – Silver in the Park (ages 50+)
Thursday, Jun 1, 2017 9 AM
Seniors are People with Power! Join us for a guided power-walk along the Woodland paved loop trail (1 mile). Meet at the trail-head parking. Wear close-toed shoes and bring water. Call to register in advance. $5 parking. 678-450-7726.
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Bilingual Family Hike
Saturday, Jun 3, 2017 3:30 PM
Saturday, Jul 1, 2017 3:30 PM
Saturday, Aug 5, 2017 3:30 PM
Join our bilingual naturalist for a hike along a wooded area of the park. Learn interesting facts about native plants and wildlife explained in both English and Spanish. Wear sturdy hiking shoes, comfortable clothing, and bring water. Call to register in advance. Meet at the boat ramp. $5 parking. 678-450-7726.
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Scorpion Night Hike
Saturday, Jun 3, 2017 9 PM
Friday, Jun 16, 2017 9 PM
Using UV lights we will look for phosphorescent scorpions in the dark. We will also listen for frogs and watch the stars. This is an easy / moderate hike (3/4 of a mile) better suited for kids 4 years and older. Bring a flashlight and wear closed-toe shoes. Call to register in advance. Space is limited. Meet at the boat ramp parking.  $5 plus $5 parking. 678-450-7726.
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Let’s Go Birdwatching - Silver in the Park (ages 50+)
Thursday, Jun 8, 2017 8 AM
We will go for a short birdwatching hike, and then learn some local bird calls. No pets please. If you want, bring a lunch picnic and enjoy the park. Wear closed-toe shoes, bring water, and insect repellent. Meet at the trail-head parking (fish cleaning station). Call to register in advance.  $5 plus $5 parking. 678-450-7726.
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Volunteer Work Day
Saturday, Jun 10, 2017 9 AM
Saturday, Jul 8, 2017 9 AM
Saturday, Aug 12, 2017 9 AM
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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. Bring water, gloves and wear clothes you don't mind getting dirty. 678-450-7726.
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First Time Fishing
Saturday, Jun 10, 2017 5:30 PM
Learn the basics of fishing from the pier or the bank. Poles and bait provided. Open to anyone new to fishing. Fishing license required only for adults. Pre-registration required. Meet at the Visitor Center 15 min before the program starts. Wear light clothes, sunscreen, and bring water.  $5 plus $5 parking. 678-450-7726.
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Full Moon Paddle
Saturday, Jun 10, 2017 8:30 PM to 10:30 PM
Enjoy a relaxing paddle on Lake Lanier led by the naturalist as the full moon reflects off the water. Space is limited, so call to register in advance. No pets; kids must be 8 or older. Meet at the boat ramp. Bring a flash light, bug repellent, quick drying pants, and water.  $15 with personal kayak
$25 with rental $5 parking. 678-450-7726.
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Fishing at the Lake for Father's Day
Saturday, Jun 17, 2017 5 PM
Join the Naturalist to fish from the pier or the bank. Poles and bait provided, no experience necessary. Fishing license required only for adults. Call to register in advance, space is limited. Meet at the Visitor Center 15 min before the program starts. Wear light clothes, sunscreen, and bring water.  $5 plus $5 parking. 678-450-7726.
Get Outdoors Georgia
Father's Day Twilight Paddle
Saturday, Jun 17, 2017 7:30 PM
Enjoy a sunset outing in family looking for wading birds and raptors. Open to anyone who can swim. Kids must be 8 or older and with an adult. Equipment provided. Meet at the boat ramp, bring water and a flashlight. Bring your own kayak or rent here, limited rentals available. Pre-registration required.  $15 with personal kayak. $25 with rental. $5 parking. 678-450-7726.
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Address/Directions
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.


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


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Don Carter State Park