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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  • Picnic Shelter

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  • picnic shelter

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  • Cabin porch overlooking lake.

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  • Cabin

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  • Camping

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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

    Activities

    Nature Trails

    Facility Amenities

    Boat Launch

    Lodging On Site

    Parking on Site

    Picnic Area

    Picnic Shelter

    Public Restrooms

    General Information

    Family-friendly

    Handicapped Accessible (Limited)

    Open Year 'Round

    Pet-friendly

    Near Interstate Highway

    985

    Payment Options

    American Express

    Mastercard

    Visa

    Site Information

    Cabin / Cottage Rentals

    Primitive Camp Sites Available

    RVs Permitted

    Suitable for Ages

    All Ages

Events

  • First Day Hike on Lake Lanier

    First Day Hike on Lake Lanier

    01/01/2018 - 01/01/2018

    Join us at Don Carter State Park for a ranger-led nature trail hike displaying some of the best views of Lake Lanier. The Huckleberry trail is a unpaved trail that is approximately 1.5 miles. After the hike, we will meet around the campfire at Shelter 4 for s'mores and hot chocolate. Register in advance by calling 678-450-7726.

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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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