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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


ACCOMMODATIONS & FACILITIES
    • 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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Into the Wild!
Sunday, Aug 30, 2015 1 PM to 2:45 PM
Sunday, Sep 6, 2015 1 PM to 2:45 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaJoin in this ranger-led hike through our wildest trail: Dog Creek Trail! The trail is little known and offers the greatest chance to encounter the wildlife that calls our park home. Moderate to strenuous hike, bring plenty of water. We will cross the creek twice so wear appropriate shoes. Meet at the walk-in campsite parking.  $3 plus $5 parking. 678-450-7726.
Night Hike
Wednesday, Sep 2, 2015 8:30 PM to 9:30 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 8:30 PM.  $3 plus $5 parking. 678-450-7726.
New Moon Kayaking
Friday, Sep 11, 2015 8:30 PM to 10 PM
Saturday, Sep 12, 2015 8:30 PM to 10 PM
Saturday, Oct 10, 2015 8:30 PM to 10 PM
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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.
Volunteer Work Day
Saturday, Sep 12, 2015 9 AM
Saturday, Oct 10, 2015 9 AM
Saturday, Nov 14, 2015 9 AM
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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.
Chattahoochee Mountain Music Festival
Saturday, Sep 12, 2015 12 PM
Join us for an afternoon in the park with live old time music, arts and crafts vendors and good food. This will be Don Carter State Park's second annual Chattahoochee Mountain Music Festival. $5 parking. 678-450-7726.
Lake Lanier Shore Sweep - Your State Parks Day
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.
Lunar Eclipse Paddling Tour
Sunday, Sep 27, 2015 8 PM to 10:30 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaTons of FunBring your kayak or canoe or rent a kayak here before we head out on the water to view a total lunar eclipse! the eclipse will begin at 8 PM and reach the Blood Moon phase around 10 PM. Space and rentals are limited, register in advance. All ages welcome. Meet at boat ramp.  $15 with personal canoe/kayak - $25 with rental kayak $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.
Gainesville, GA 30506 View Details


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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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