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 porch overlooking lake.

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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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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


  • Dog Creek Hike

    Dog Creek Hike

    03/18/2018 - 04/29/2018

    Challenge yourself on a moderate to strenuous hike along one of the park's little known trails. This 2-mile hike will offer some of the best chances for encountering wildlife and enjoying what nature has to offer! Open to ages over 10. Call ahead to register. Wear closed-toe shoes, bring water, and insect repellent.

    March 3 - 4, 2018
    4 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

    March 18 - 19, 2018
    4 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

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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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