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.

Directions

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.


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


  34.387622
Don Carter State Park

 


Phone
678-450-7726

Animals and Their Signs
Saturday, Oct 1, 2016 10 AM
Presenter/Location: Don Carter State Park
Ranger lead short hike looking for local reptiles, mammals, insects and birds and the signs that they leave while living in the park. Will have discussions about their importance to the ecosystems and the symbiotic relationships they may have with other animals. Meet at the trail head parking area.  $3 plus $5 parking. 678-450-7726.
Get Outdoors Georgia
Twilight Lake Lanier Paddle
Sunday, Oct 2, 2016 6 PM to 7:30 PM
Saturday, Oct 8, 2016 6 PM to 7:30 PM
Sunday, Oct 9, 2016 6 PM to 7:30 PM
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Presenter/Location: Don Carter State Park
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. Bring your own kayak/canoe or rent here, limited rentals available, so register in advance. Meet at the boat ramp, bring water and a flashlight.  $15 with personal kayak/canoe - $25 with rental. $5 parking. 678-450-7726.
Get Outdoors Georgia
Let’s Go Birdwatching - Silver in the Park (ages 50+)
Wednesday, Oct 5, 2016 10 AM
Presenter/Location: Don Carter State Park
We will go for a short birdwatching hike, and then learn some local bird calls. No pets please. If you want, bring a lunch picnic and enjoy the park. Wear closed-toe shoes, bring water, and insect repellent. Meet at the trail-head parking (fish cleaning station).  $5 plus $5 parking. 678-450-7726.
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Introduction to Kayaking
Friday, Oct 7, 2016 6 PM to 7:30 PM
Friday, Oct 14, 2016 6 PM to 7:30 PM
Presenter/Location: Don Carter State Park
Learn the basics of kayaking on a safe and peaceful section of the lake. 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.
Get Outdoors Georgia
Flat Creek Kayak Adventure
Saturday, Oct 8, 2016 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.
Hidden Gem
Reptiles of North Georgia
Saturday, Oct 8, 2016 3 PM
Presenter/Location: Don Carter State Park
Join us as "Ranger Nick" from the Georgia Farm Monitor TV show educates folks about Georgia's wonderful reptiles. We will have live NON-venomous snakes as well as live turtles. Learn the difference between venomous and non-venomous snake species of North Georgia. Meet at shelter 1. $5 parking. 678-450-7726.
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Aquacycles (Paddleboats) - Silver in the Park (Ages 50+)
Wednesday, Oct 12, 2016 10 AM
Presenter/Location: Don Carter State Park
Enjoy the lake and get some exercise at the same time using an aquacycle. Each boat holds up to 4 people (2 peddlers). Meet at beach kiosk. Bring water and sunscreen.  $5 plus $5 parking. 678-450-7726.
Get Outdoors Georgia
Huckleberry Loop Hike
Saturday, Oct 15, 2016 10 AM
Presenter/Location: Don Carter State Park
Join our naturalist for a hike around Huckleberry Point Loop. This easy walk takes you to a wooded area which hugs the shoreline of the lake. Along the way we will identify some native plants and look for wildlife. Wear sturdy hiking shoes, comfortable clothing, and bring water... $5 parking. 678-450-7726.
Get Outdoors Georgia
Lost Cove Creek Kayaking
Saturday, Oct 15, 2016 2 PM to 3:30 PM
Presenter/Location: Don Carter State Park
This guided paddle trip will take us to a secluded and rarely visited area of Lake Lanier. If the water level is high, we may even see a beaver lodge and/or a beaver dam. Bring your own kayak/canoe or rent from us; limited rentals available, so register in advance...  $15 with personal kayak/canoe
$25 with rental $5 parking. 678-450-7726.
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Full Moon Paddle
Saturday, Oct 15, 2016 7 PM to 9 PM
Presenter/Location: Don Carter State Park
Enjoy a relaxing paddle on Lake Lanier led by the naturalist as the full moon reflects off the water. Space is limited, so register in advance. No pets; kids must be 8 or older. Meet at the boat ramp. Bring a flash light, insect repellent, and water.  $15 with personal kayak/canoe
$25 with rental $5 parking. 678-450-7726.
Get Outdoors Georgia
Powerwalk – Silver in the Park (ages 50+)
Wednesday, Oct 19, 2016 10 AM
Presenter/Location: Don Carter State Park
Seniors are People with Power! Join us for a guided power-walk along the Woodland paved loop trail (1 mile). Meet at the trailhead parking. Wear close-toed shoes and bring water. $5 parking. 678-450-7726.
Get Outdoors Georgia
Fishing at the Lake - Silver in the Park (Ages 50+)
Wednesday, Oct 26, 2016 10 AM
Presenter/Location: Don Carter State Park
Fish from the pier or the shore. Fishing poles and bait provided. No experience necessary. Fishing license required. Meet at the Visitor Center 15 min before the program starts. Wear light clothes and bring water.  $5 plus $5 parking. 678-450-7726.
Get Outdoors Georgia
Trunk-o-Treat Fun
Saturday, Oct 29, 2016 1 PM to 2:30 PM
Presenter/Location: Don Carter State Park
Children dress in their favorite costumes collecting candy from car to car instead of door to door. Kids will have supervised activities while adults decorate cars. Contest for best costumes and car decoration. For those who plan to give candy, call to register. $5 parking. 678-450-7726.
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