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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.


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



Bark in the Park
Saturday, Apr 30, 2016 10 AM to 11 AM
Presenter/Location: Don Carter State Park
Bring your dog to hike at the park! We will meet at the visitor center and hike through the park with our furry companions. Any dog brought to this event must play well with other dogs, and MUST remain on a leash.  $5 plus $5 parking. 678-450-7726.
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Mi Casa Es Su Casa
Saturday, May 7, 2016 10 AM to 12 PM
Presenter/Location: Don Carter State Park
We will celebrate the "Cinco de Mayo" with a hike totally guided in Spanish. Throughout a moderate hike our naturalist will explain native plants' uses and look for wildlife. Come and learn some new vocabulary or practice your Spanish skills. $5 parking. 678-450-7726.
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Mi Casa Es Su Casa (Spanish version)
Saturday, May 7, 2016 10 AM to 12 PM
Presenter/Location: Don Carter State Park
Ven a celebrar el "Cinco de Mayo" recorriendo nuestros senderos en una visita totalmente guiada en español. En un sendero moderado, aprenderemos sobre los usos de plantas nativas y estaremos alertas para ver animales del bosque. $5 parking. 678-450-7726.
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Volunteer Work Day
Saturday, May 14, 2016 9 AM
Saturday, Jun 11, 2016 9 AM
Saturday, Jul 9, 2016 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. 678-450-7726.
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Walking in Lady's Slippers
Saturday, May 21, 2016 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 plant, its role in the environment and some of its traditional uses. We will also go on a hike to try and spot some Lady's Slippers in bloom. $5 parking. 678-450-7726.
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Huckleberry Loop Hike - National Trails Day
Saturday, Jun 4, 2016 10 AM
Presenter/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.
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Flat Creek Adventure - Get Outdoors Day
Saturday, Jun 11, 2016 10 AM
Presenter/Location: Don Carter State Park
Join in celebrating National Get Outdoors Day 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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