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

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, Apr 28, 2017 3 PM
Friday, May 19, 2017 3 PM
Friday, May 26, 2017 3 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, Apr 28, 2017 6 PM to 7:30 PM
Friday, May 5, 2017 6 PM to 7:30 PM
Friday, May 19, 2017 6 PM to 7:30 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.
Soak It In
Walking in Lady's Slippers
Saturday, Apr 29, 2017 3 PM
Saturday, May 6, 2017 10 AM
The Pink Lady's Slipper is an orchid native to north Georgia and can be found at Don Carter. Join us to learn about this unique wildflower, its role in the environment and some of its traditional uses. We will go on a hike to try and spot Lady's Slippers in bloom. Meet at the visitor center. Bring water and bug spray. Call to register in advance. $5 parking. 678-450-7726.
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Twilight Lake Lanier Paddle
Saturday, Apr 29, 2017 6:30 PM to 8 PM
Saturday, May 6, 2017 7 PM to 8:30 PM
Saturday, May 20, 2017 7 PM to 8:30 PM
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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.
Soak It In
Chattahoochee River Paddle
Sunday, Apr 30, 2017 2 PM to 3:30 PM
Sunday, May 21, 2017 2 PM to 3:30 PM
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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Bilingual Family Hike
Saturday, May 6, 2017 3:30 PM
Saturday, Jun 3, 2017 3:30 PM
Saturday, Jul 1, 2017 3:30 PM
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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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Almost Full Moon Paddle
Thursday, May 11, 2017 8 PM to 9:30 PM
This month, enjoy a naturalist-led paddle on the lake as the waxing gibbous reflects off the water. Space is limited, so register in advance. No pets; kids must be 8 or older and with an adult. Meet at the boat ramp. Bring a flash light, quick drying pants, and water.  $15 with personal kayak/canoe. $25 with rental. $5 parking. 678-450-7726.
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Volunteer Work Day
Saturday, May 13, 2017 9 AM
Saturday, Jun 10, 2017 9 AM
Saturday, Jul 8, 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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Mother's Day Twilight Paddle
Saturday, May 13, 2017 6:30 PM to 8 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/canoe or rent here, limited rentals available. Pre-registration required.  $15 with personal kayak/canoe. $25 with rental. $5 parking. 678-450-7726.
Soak It In
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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Snakes of North Georgia
Sunday, May 28, 2017 2 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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Junior Ranger Summer Camp
Monday, Jun 19, 2017 9 AM to 4 PM
Tuesday, Jun 20, 2017 9 AM to 4 PM
Wednesday, Jun 21, 2017 9 AM to 4 PM
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Want something fun to do this summer? Children learn about nature, history, and animals while playing games and making new friends. Children will earn badges to take home. This 5-day camp will include tons of outdoor recreational, educational opportunities including hiking, fishing, canoeing, nature art, and more.  $60 plus $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
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Don Carter State Park