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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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


    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


    Payment Options

    American Express, Mastercard, Visa

    Suitable for Ages

    All Ages


  • Night Hike

    Night Hike

    07/16/2015 - 07/23/2015

    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 pique your senses when vision is limited. Meet at the visitor center before sundown, around 8:30 p.m.

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  • Bark in the Park

    Bark in the Park

    07/18/2015 - 07/18/2015

    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. Meet at the visitor center.

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  • Flat Creek Adventure

    Flat Creek Adventure

    07/25/2015 - 07/25/2015

    Join in on this 4-hour excursion to the wildest park of the lake! This rigorous trip will take us to Flat Creek Island where a great deal of wildlife may be encountered. Next, we will paddle up Flat Creek and enjoy the peaceful tranquility that it offers. Bring food and water for this trip; it takes a lot of energy.

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  • Full Moon Paddling Tour

    Full Moon Paddling Tour

    07/31/2015 - 08/29/2015

    Enjoy paddling at night along the beautiful Lake Lanier under the light of a full moon! Experience the wonders of nature that are unique to nighttime and create a memory that you will never forget! Bring your own kayak/canoe or rent here. Limited rentals available, so register in advance. All ages welcome. Meet at the boat ramp.

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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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