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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.

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
BLUE-A-1
Don Carter State Park
5000 North Browning Bridge Road
Gainesville, GA 30506 View Details


  34.387622
Don Carter State Park

 


Phone
678-450-7726

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
Twilight Lake Lanier Paddle
Saturday, Jul 9, 2016 7:30 PM to 9 PM
Saturday, Jul 30, 2016 7:30 PM to 9 PM
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. Meet at the boat ramp, bring water and a flashlight.  $15 - $25 plus $5 parking. 678-450-7726.
Get Outdoors Georgia
Bats of the Night
Saturday, Jul 16, 2016 8:30 PM to 10 PM
Presenter/Location: Don Carter State Park
Learn about these often misunderstood, yet fascinating, creatures of the night. A bat specialist will try to capture and release the little brown bats of Georgia. Short hike to the site. Pre-registration required. Meet at the RV campground area...  $5 plus $5 parking. 678-450-7726.
Get Outdoors Georgia
Full Moon Lake Paddle
Tuesday, Jul 19, 2016 7:45 PM to 9:45 PM
Friday, Aug 19, 2016 7:45 PM to 9:45 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 - $25 plus $5 parking. 678-450-7726.
Get Outdoors Georgia
Introduction to Kayaking
Friday, Jul 22, 2016 6 PM to 7:30 PM
Friday, Jul 29, 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. Pre-registration required  $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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