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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Phone
678-450-7726

Bilingual Family Hike
Saturday, Apr 1, 2017 3:30 PM
Saturday, May 6, 2017 3:30 PM
Saturday, Jun 3, 2017 3:30 PM
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Presenter/Location: Don Carter State Park
Join our bilingual naturalist for a hike along a wooded area of the park. Learn interesting facts about native plants and wildlife explained in both English and Spanish. Wear sturdy hiking shoes, comfortable clothing, and bring water. Pre-registration required. Meet at the boat ramp. $5 parking. 678-450-7726.
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Twilight Lake Lanier Paddle
Saturday, Apr 1, 2017 6:30 PM to 8 PM
Saturday, Apr 8, 2017 6:30 PM to 8 PM
Saturday, Apr 15, 2017 6:30 PM to 8 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. Equipment provided. Meet at the boat ramp, bring water and a flashlight. Bring your own kayak/canoe or rent here, limited rentals available...  $15 with personal kayak/canoe - $25 with rental. $5 parking. 678-450-7726.
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Chattahoochee River Paddle
Sunday, Apr 2, 2017 2 PM to 3:30 PM
Sunday, Apr 9, 2017 2 PM to 3:30 PM
Sunday, Apr 23, 2017 2 PM to 3:30 PM
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Presenter/Location: Don Carter State Park
Join the ranger for a fun-filled paddle trip where the Chattahoochee River meets Lake Lanier. We will look for wading birds and raptors. Kids must be 6 or older and with an adult. Meet at the boat ramp. Wear quick drying pants, sun screen, and bring water. Call to pre-register...  $15 with personal kayak/canoe - $25 with rental. $5 parking. 678-450-7726.
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Animals and Their Signs Hike
Friday, Apr 7, 2017 3 PM
Friday, Apr 14, 2017 3 PM
Friday, Apr 21, 2017 3 PM
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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. If we can, we will cast an animal foot print. Meet at the boat ramp parking.  $3 plus $5 parking. 678-450-7726.
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Intro to Kayaking
Friday, Apr 7, 2017 6 PM to 7:30 PM
Friday, Apr 14, 2017 6 PM to 7:30 PM
Friday, Apr 21, 2017 6 PM to 7:30 PM
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Presenter/Location: Don Carter State Park
Learn the basics of kayaking on a safe and peaceful section of Lake Lanier. 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.
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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: https://chattahoochee.org/sweep-the-hooch/ 678-450-7726.
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Intro to Orienteering
Saturday, Apr 8, 2017 2 PM
Presenter/Location: Don Carter State Park
Using the skills we teach you, a map and compass that we provide, find 10 species of native trees in the park. The winner gets a prize. Wear closed-toe shoes, bring water, and insect repellent for this off-trail program. Meet at the visitor center. Pre-registration required.  $5 plus $5 parking. 678-450-7726.
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Easter Geocache Hunt
Saturday, Apr 8, 2017 4 PM
Saturday, Apr 15, 2017 3 PM
Saturday, Apr 22, 2017 2 PM
Presenter/Location: Don Carter State Park
The Easter bunny hid some of his eggs too early. Bring a GPS device or smart phone to help find them. Wear closed-toed shoes, bring water, and insect repellent for this off-trail program. Meet at the trail-head parking. Pre-registration is required.  $5 plus $5 parking. 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 us on this 2 – 3 hour excursion to 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. 2 single kayaks and 6 tandem kayaks available for rent if needed.  $20 with personal kayak/canoe
$30 with kayak rental $5 parking. 678-450-7726.
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Almost Full Moon Paddle
Monday, Apr 17, 2017 8 PM to 9:30 PM
Presenter/Location: Don Carter State Park
This month, enjoy a naturalist-led paddle on the lake as the waxing gibbous reflects off the water. Space is limited, so register in advance. No pets; kids must be 8 or older and with an adult. Meet at the boat ramp. Bring a flash light, quick drying pants, and water.  $15 with personal kayak/canoe. $25 with rental. $5 parking. 678-450-7726.
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Full Moon Paddle
Tuesday, Apr 18, 2017 8 PM to 9:30 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, quick drying pants, and water.  $15 with personal kayak/canoe
$25 with rental $5 parking. 678-450-7726.
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Walking in Lady's Slippers
Saturday, Apr 22, 2017 10 AM
Saturday, Apr 29, 2017 3 PM
Saturday, May 6, 2017 10 AM
Presenter/Location: Don Carter State Park
The Pink Lady's Slipper is an orchid native to north Georgia and can be found at Don Carter. Join us to learn about this unique wildflower, its role in the environment and some of its traditional uses. We will also go on a hike to try and spot Lady's Slippers in bloom. $5 parking. 678-450-7726.
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Volunteer Work Day
Saturday, May 13, 2017 9 AM
Saturday, Jun 10, 2017 9 AM
Saturday, Jul 8, 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.
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Junior Ranger Summer Camp
Monday, Jun 19, 2017 9 AM to 4 PM
Tuesday, Jun 20, 2017 9 AM to 4 PM
Wednesday, Jun 21, 2017 9 AM to 4 PM
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Presenter/Location: Don Carter State Park
Want something fun to do this summer? Children learn about nature, history, and animals while playing games and making new friends. Children will earn badges to take home...  $60 plus $5 parking. 678-450-7726.
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