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Don Carter State Park
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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.

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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.

5000 N. Browning Bridge Rd.
Gainesville, GA United States 30506
Hall County
Don Carter State Park
5000 N. Browning Bridge Rd.
Gainesville, GA 30506 View Details

Don Carter State Park



Night Hike
Wednesday, Sep 2, 2015 8:30 PM to 9:30 PM
Presenter/Location: Don Carter State Park
Come experience the natural wonder of our hiking 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.
Into the Wild!
Sunday, Sep 6, 2015 1 PM to 2:45 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaPresenter/Location: Don Carter State Park
Join 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...  $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 FunPresenter/Location: Don Carter State Park
Experience 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...  $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 GeorgiaPresenter/Location: Don Carter State Park
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. 678-450-7726.
Chattahoochee Mountain Music Festival
Saturday, Sep 12, 2015 12 PM
Presenter/Location: Don Carter State Park
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 GeorgiaPresenter/Location: Don Carter State Park
Join 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 FunPresenter/Location: Don Carter State Park
Bring 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.
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