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Don Carter State Park
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Park: 678-450-7726


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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.


Park Hours: 7 a.m.–10 p.m.
Office Hours: 8 a.m.–5 p.m.
Parking: $5


ACCOMMODATIONS & FACILITIES
    • 1,316 Acres
    • 8 Cottages ($125-$250)
       - Cottage #1 is dog friendly ($45 fee per dog, two dog max)
       - Cottage #3 is ADA
    • 44 RV Campsites ($30)
    • 12 Primitive "Walk-in" Tent Sites ($20)
    • 4 Picnic Shelters ($45)
    • 38,000-Acre Lake Lanier
    • 10.4 Miles of Shoreline


THINGS TO DO & SEE (some fees apply)
    • Kayak Rentals
    • Fishing – ramps, fish-cleaning station
    • Boating – ramps and docks
    • Lake Swimming -- large sand beach
    • Hiking and Biking – 1.5-mile paved multi-use trail and 1-mile hiking trail
    • Picnicking
    • Playgrounds


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Events
Help Dress Up The Park at Your State Parks Day
Saturday, Sep 27, 2014 10 AM to 12 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaTons of FunJoin volunteers at the park to help dress up the park entrance and visitor center with native plants and shrubs. Learn more about the newly organized Friends group and stay later for the bluegrass festival! 678-450-7226.
Chattahoochee Mountain Music Festival
Saturday, Sep 27, 2014 12 PM to 7 PM
What welcomes the first weekend in fall more than an afternoon in the park with live old time music, arts and crafts vendors and good food. Join us for the first annual Chattahoochee Mountain Music Festival. 678-450-7726.
Welcome Friends
Thursday, Oct 2, 2014 6 PM to 7:30 PM
Don Carter State Park will be having the first Friends of the Park meeting. Please join us at Shelter #4 in the day use area to learn more about how you can get involved. Light refreshments will be served. 678-450-7726.
Address/Directions
Don Carter State Park
5000 N. Browning Bridge Rd.
Gainesville, GA 30506
Hall County


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.

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Don Carter State Park
5000 N. Browning Bridge Rd.
Gainesville, GA 30506 View Details


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Don Carter State Park


Make reservations using the options above or call 1-800-864-7275 (Monday-Friday, 8AM-8PM; Saturday-Sunday, 9AM-5PM EST).
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