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Don Carter State Park

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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.


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 North Browning Bridge Road
Gainesville, GA United States 30506
Hall County
Don Carter State Park
5000 North Browning Bridge Road
Gainesville, GA 30506 View Details

Don Carter State Park



Volunteer Work Day
Saturday, Jul 9, 2016 9 AM
Saturday, Aug 13, 2016 9 AM
Saturday, Sep 10, 2016 9 AM
Presenter/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.
Get Outdoors Georgia
Paddle the Hooch Series
Friday, Jul 22, 2016 5 PM to 7 PM
Friday, Jul 29, 2016 5 PM to 7 PM
Presenter/Location: Don Carter State Park
A series of fun-filled paddle trips on the most beautiful part of the lake. Bring a kayak or canoe, or rent here, but register soon.  $15 - $25 plus $5 parking. 678-450-7726.
Get Outdoors Georgia
Chattahoochee Mountain Music Festival
Saturday, Sep 24, 2016 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 third annual Chattahoochee Mountain Music Festival. $5 parking. 678-450-7726.
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