Northeast Georgia Mountains / Gainesville

Don Carter State Park

5000 N. Browning Bridge Rd.
Gainesville, GA 30506

678-450-7726 | 800-864-7275
  • Beach

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  • Cabin

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  • Camping

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  • Picnic Shelter

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  • picnic shelter

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  • Cabin porch overlooking lake.

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Don Carter is Georgia's newest state park and the first state park on 39,000-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 paved, 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 accommodates RVs, while another camping area is reserved just for tents and hammocks. 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.

Info & Amenities

  • Hours of Operation

    Sunday: 7:00AM - 10:00PM
    Monday: 7:00AM - 10:00PM
    Tuesday: 7:00AM - 10:00PM
    Wednesday: 7:00AM - 10:00PM
    Thursday: 7:00AM - 10:00PM
    Friday: 7:00AM - 10:00PM
    Saturday: 7:00AM - 10:00PM

    Admission & Fees

    Admission Call for rates

    Parking $5


    Nature Trails

    Facility Amenities

    Boat Launch

    Lodging On Site

    Parking on Site

    Picnic Area

    Picnic Shelter

    Public Restrooms

    General Information


    Handicapped Accessible (Limited)

    Open Year 'Round


    Near Interstate Highway


    Payment Options

    American Express



    Site Information

    Cabin / Cottage Rentals

    Primitive Camp Sites Available

    RVs Permitted

    Suitable for Ages

    All Ages


  • Animals and their Signs

    Animals and their Signs

    06/14/2018 - 06/23/2018

    Join our naturalist for a short hike looking for local reptiles, mammals, insects and birds. Not only will we be looking for these animals, we also will be looking for their signs. We will be casting animal footprints at the end of the hike. Meet at the boat ramp parking lot.

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  • Ranger Camp

    Ranger Camp

    06/20/2018 - 06/22/2018

    Have you wanted to attend Jr. Ranger camp but you have been too old? Then this camp is perfect for you. Ages 11-13 are welcome to join our staff for paddling, hiking, swimming, nature labs and more. This is a 3-day camp. Bring your own lunch. Email¬†[email protected] for questions or concerns. Call or visit the visitors center to sign up.¬†Limited space available.

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  • Full Moon Paddle

    Full Moon Paddle

    06/29/2018 - 06/29/2018

    Enjoy a relaxing paddle on Lake Lanier 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.

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  • Night Hike

    Night Hike

    07/06/2018 - 07/06/2018

    Come experience the natural wonder of our hiking night. A park ranger will lead the group through the park, offering a unique experience that will stimulate your senses when vision is limited. We will meet at shelter 4.

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  • Dog Creek Hike

    Dog Creek Hike

    07/07/2018 - 07/07/2018

    Join our naturalist for a ranger lead hike on our parks secret trail. This 2-mile moderate hike offers some of the best chances for encountering wildlife. Wear shoes that are acceptable to hiking, and bring water. Meet at Primitive Parking. Open to ages 10+.

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  • Beach Games

    Beach Games

    07/21/2018 - 07/27/2018

    School's out, scream and shout! We are so excited that summer is finally here, and we want to share this excitment with you. Join our staff for summertime fun on our beach. We will be having paddle board races, sand castle competitions, games and more. Prices vary.

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  • Bark in the Park

    Bark in the Park

    10/06/2018 - 10/06/2018

    Hike through the park with your furry companions. We will hike the Big Creek Nature Trail with our furry friends and then allow them to enjoy our enclosed dog park. Meet at the parking lot across from shelter 3 & 4. Dogs must be on a 6' leash and have rabies vaccination tags. Wear closed-toe shoes, and bring water for you and your four-legged friend.

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