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

    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

  • Twilight Lake Lanier Paddle

    Twilight Lake Lanier Paddle

    07/30/2016 - 09/23/2016

    Join a ranger-led sunset outing to look for wading birds and raptors. Open to anyone who can swim. Kids must be 8 or older and with an adult. Bring your own kayak/canoe or rent here, limited rentals available, so register in advance. Meet at the boat ramp, bring water and a flashlight.

     

    Saturday, July 30, 2016
    7:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

    Saturday, August 13, 2016
    7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

    Friday, August 26, 2016
    6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.... read more

  • Volunteer Work Day

    Volunteer Work Day

    08/13/2016 - 09/10/2016

    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.

     

    Saturday, Jul 9, 2016
    9 a.m.

    Saturday, Aug 13, 2016
    9 a.m.

    Saturday, Sep 10, 2016
    9 a.m.

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  • Full Moon Paddle

    Full Moon Paddle

    08/19/2016 - 08/19/2016

    Enjoy a relaxing paddle on Lake Lanier led by the naturalist as the full moon reflects off the water. Space is limited, so register in advance. No pets; kids must be 8 or older. Meet at the boat ramp. Bring a flash light, insect repellent, and water.

    Tuesday, July 19, 2016
    7:45 p.m. to 9:45 p.m.

    Friday, August 19, 2016
    7:45 p.m. to 9:45 p.m.

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  • Almost Full Moon Paddle

    Almost Full Moon Paddle

    08/20/2016 - 08/20/2016

    Enjoy a relaxing paddle on Lake Lanier led by the naturalist as the full moon still reflects off the water. Space is limited, so register in advance. No pets; kids must be 8 or older. Meet at the boat ramp. Bring a flash light, insect repellent, and water.

    Saturday, August 20, 2016
    7:45 a.m. to 9:45 p.m.

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  • Chattahoochee Mountain Music Festival

    Chattahoochee Mountain Music Festival

    09/24/2016 - 09/24/2016

    Join us for an afternoon in the park with live old time music, arts and crafts vendors and good food. This will be Don Carter State Park's third annual Chattahoochee Mountain Music Festival.

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