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

Animals and Their Signs Hike
Friday, Jul 7, 2017 4 PM
Friday, Jul 21, 2017 4 PM
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. Call to pre-register in advance.  $5 plus $5 parking. 678-450-7726.
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Intro to Kayaking
Friday, Jul 7, 2017 6 PM to 7:30 PM
Friday, Jul 21, 2017 6 PM to 7:30 PM
Sunday, Jul 23, 2017 5 PM to 6:30 PM
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, sunscreen, water shoes, and quick drying pants. Meet at the boat ramp. Pre-registration required.  $25 plus $5 parking. 678-450-7726.
Soak It In
Volunteer Work Day
Saturday, Jul 8, 2017 9 AM
Saturday, Aug 12, 2017 9 AM
Saturday, Sep 9, 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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First Time Fishing
Saturday, Jul 8, 2017 6 PM
Saturday, Jul 29, 2017 5 PM
Presenter/Location: Don Carter State Park
Learn the basics of fishing from the pier or the bank. Poles and bait provided. Open to anyone new to fishing. Fishing license required only for adults. Limited participation, pre-registration required.Meet a t the Visitor Center 15 min before the program starts...  $5 plus $5 parking. 678-450-7726.
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Full Moon Paddle
Saturday, Jul 8, 2017 8:30 PM to 10 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 call to register in advance. No pets; kids must be 8 or older. Meet at the boat ramp. Bring a flash light, bug repellent, quick drying pants, and water.  $15 with personal kayak
$25 with rental $5 parking. 678-450-7726.
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Orienteering: Be a Nature Navigator
Friday, Jul 14, 2017 4:30 PM
Saturday, Jul 22, 2017 5 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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Flat Creek Kayak Adventure
Saturday, Jul 15, 2017 9 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. 3 single kayaks and 4 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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Geocache - Summertime Prizes
Saturday, Jul 15, 2017 5 PM
Presenter/Location: Don Carter State Park
Enjoy exploring nature with family while finding Don Carter’s treasures. Bring a GPS device or smart phone. Wear closed-toed shoes, bring water, and insect repellent for this off-trail program. Meet at the trail-head parking. Call to pre-register. Limited registration...  $5 plus $5 parking. 678-450-7726.
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Twilight Lake Lanier Paddle
Saturday, Jul 15, 2017 7 PM to 8:30 PM
Saturday, Jul 29, 2017 7 PM to 8:30 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. No pets, kids must be 8 or older and with an adult. Meet at the boat ramp, bring water, flashlight, and binoculars (optional). 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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Scorpion Night Hike
Friday, Jul 28, 2017 9 PM
Presenter/Location: Don Carter State Park
Using UV lights we will look for phosphorescent scorpions in the dark. We will also listen for frogs and watch the stars. This is an easy / moderate hike (3/4 of a mile) better suited for kids 4 years and older. Bring a flashlight and wear closed-toe shoes. Call to register in advance...  $5 plus $5 parking. 678-450-7726.
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Family Hike
Saturday, Aug 5, 2017 3:30 PM
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. Call to register in advance. Meet at the boat ramp. $5 parking. 678-450-7726.
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