Northeast Georgia Mountains / Gainesville

Don Carter State Park

5000 N. Browning Bridge Rd.
Gainesville, GA 30506

678-450-7726 | 800-864-7275
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  • picnic shelter

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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

    Activities

    Nature Trails

    Facility Amenities

    Lodging On Site, Parking on Site, Picnic Area, Picnic Shelter, Public Restrooms

    General Information

    Family-friendly, Handicapped Accessible (Limited) , Open Year 'Round

    Near Interstate Highway

    985

    Payment Options

    American Express, Mastercard, Visa

    Suitable for Ages

    All Ages

Events

  • Night Hike

    Night Hike

    04/24/2015 - 05/07/2015

    Come experience the natural wonder of our hiking trails at night! A park ranger will lead the group through the park, offering a unique experience that will pique your senses when vision is limited. Meet at the visitor center before sundown around 7:45 p.m.

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  • Stream Ecology

    Stream Ecology

    05/01/2015 - 05/01/2015

    Come discover the diversity of life that is found in Georgia's streams. A park ranger will lead a short hike to a stream and explain the water cycle, including the different life stages of aquatic animals. All ages welcome.

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  • Volunteer Work Day

    Volunteer Work Day

    05/09/2015 - 06/13/2015

    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 the park's visitor center.

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  • National Kids to Parks Day: Paddling Trip

    National Kids to Parks Day: Paddling Trip

    05/16/2015 - 05/16/2015

    Join us as we paddle up a beautiful section of Lake Lanier and see undeveloped parts of the park seen best from the water. We will be on the lookout for wildlife which can often be spotted on this tranquil portion of the lake. The entire trip will be on flat water, so this will be fun for the whole family. Space is limited.

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  • National Trails Day: Nature Hike

    National Trails Day: Nature Hike

    06/06/2015 - 06/06/2015

    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.

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  • Your State Parks Day: Lake Lanier Shore Sweep

    Your State Parks Day: Lake Lanier Shore Sweep

    09/26/2015 - 09/26/2015

    Join us in supporting Don Carter State Park and Lake Lanier by participating in Lake Lanier Association's annual Shore Sweep. This annual event is organized for the benefit of Lake Lanier and all that enjoy its beauty. In past years Shore Sweep has had over 1,000 volunteers!

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