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, Mar 11, 2017 9 AM
Saturday, May 13, 2017 9 AM
Saturday, Jun 10, 2017 9 AM
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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. Bring water, gloves and wear clothes you don't mind getting dirty. 678-450-7726.
Get Outdoors Georgia
Sweep the Hooch
Saturday, Apr 8, 2017 9 AM
Presenter/Location: Don Carter State Park
This annual cleanup extends all the way from the upper Chattahoochee to our park. We will have volunteers walking the shoreline and paddling. Bring your own kayaks if you sign up for that group. Be sure to register on the Sweep the Hooch website: 678-450-7726.
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Flat Creek Kayak Adventure
Saturday, Apr 15, 2017 10 AM to 1 PM
Presenter/Location: Don Carter State Park
Join in us on this 2–3 hour excursion to the one of the wildest parts of the lake. This rigorous trip will take us to Flat Creek Island, the northern-most island on Lake Lanier. Bring food and water for this trip; it takes a lot of energy...  $20 with personal kayak/canoe
$30 with kayak rental $5 parking. 678-450-7726.
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