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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.

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 N. Browning Bridge Rd.
Gainesville, GA United States 30506
Hall County
BLUE-A-1
Don Carter State Park
5000 N. Browning Bridge Rd.
Gainesville, GA 30506 View Details


  34.387622
Don Carter State Park

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Phone
678-450-7726

Survival Training
Saturday, May 23, 2015 4 PM to 5 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaPresenter/Location: Don Carter State Park
Come learn the skills and techniques needed to survive if you ever become lost in the wilderness, and learn how to prevent a survival situation. In this program, a park ranger will teach you the basics of survival, preparation, and equipment. All ages welcome...  $5 plus $5 parking. 678-450-7726.
Campfire Safety
Saturday, May 23, 2015 6 PM to 6:45 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaPresenter/Location: Don Carter State Park
Ranger will teach participants how to build a fire safely using multiple techniques. All ages welcome. Meet at the visitor center upper parking area. Bring water, sunscreen and insect repellant.  $5 plus $5 parking. 678-450-7726.
Dog Creek Hike
Sunday, May 24, 2015 1 PM to 2:30 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaPresenter/Location: Don Carter State Park
Challenge yourself on a moderate to strenuous hike along one of the park's little known trails. This 2 mile hike will offer some of the best chances for encountering wildlife and enjoying what nature has to offer! Open to all ages. Call ahead to register...  $5 plus $5 parking. 678-450-7726.
Full Moon Paddling Tour
Saturday, May 30, 2015 8:30 PM to 10 PM
Thursday, Jul 2, 2015 8:30 PM to 10 PM
Friday, Jul 31, 2015 8:30 PM to 10 PM
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Get Outdoors GeorgiaPresenter/Location: Don Carter State Park
Enjoy paddling at night along the beautiful Lake Lanier under the light of a full moon! Experience the wonders of nature that are unique to nighttime and create a memory that you will never forget! Bring your own kayak/canoe or rent here, limited rentals available, so register in advance...  $15 with personal kayak/canoe - $25 with rental. $5 parking. 678-450-7726.
National Trails Day: Nature Hike
Saturday, Jun 6, 2015 10 AM to 12 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaPresenter/Location: Don Carter State Park
Join our naturalist for a nature hike around the Huckleberry Point Loop. This easy 3/4 mile loop will take you into a beautiful wooded area while hugging the shoreline of Lake Lanier. Along the way we will point out some native plants and will be on the lookout for wildlife.  $5 plus $5 parking. 678-450-7726.
Volunteer Work Day
Saturday, Jun 13, 2015 9 AM to 12 PM
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.
Back Porch Pickin' in the Breezeway
Saturday, Jun 13, 2015 7 PM to 8 PM
Saturday, Jun 27, 2015 7 PM to 8 PM
Saturday, Jul 11, 2015 7 PM to 8 PM
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Presenter/Location: Don Carter State Park
Join us at the Visitor Center to enjoy some of north Georgia's finest mountain music. Be sure to bring a chair. Arrive early to grab snacks and souvenirs from the gift shop.  Donations for Pickers $5 parking. 678-450-7726.
Junior Ranger Camp: Get Outdoors Month
Wednesday, Jun 17, 2015 until Friday, Jun 19, 2015 8 AM to 12 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaPresenter/Location: Don Carter State Park
Come to Don Carter State Park's first annual Jr. Ranger Camp!! We will be offering a variety of activities that will help you earn your very own Jr. Ranger Badge. Advance registration required, space is limited. 6-9 years old. More info coming soon.  40 plus $5 parking. 678-450-7726.
Your State Parks Day: Lake Lanier Shore Sweep
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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