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

  • March Cottage Package

    March Cottage Package

    03/05/2015 - 03/05/2015

    Enjoy a special one night stay in the lakeview cottages at the park and get two free tickets to the "Michael Kaeshammer Trio" at Pearce Auditorium in downtown Gainesville. Must make reservations directly at the park. Additional tickets available while they last.

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  • Volunteer Work Day

    Volunteer Work Day

    03/14/2015 - 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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  • Chestnut Planting

    Chestnut Planting

    03/14/2015 - 03/14/2015

    Come join the Friends Group in planting Don Carter State Park's chestnut orchard. These trees were once a staple of Appalachian forests but have fallen victim to a blight that has devastated them. Help us in re-introducing this species to Don Carter State Park.

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  • Sweep the Hooch

    Sweep the Hooch

    04/11/2015 - 04/11/2015

    Join us as we partner with Trout Unlimited, Chattahoochee Riverkeepers and the National Park Service for the fifth annual Sweep the Hooch. This massive cleanup extends all the way from the upper Chattahoochee to Chattahoochee Bend State Park. Register on the Sweep the Hooch website before coming out to volunteer.

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  • Sweep the Hooch

    Sweep the Hooch

    04/11/2015 - 04/11/2015

    Join us as we partner with Trout Unlimited, Chattahoochee Riverkeepers and the National Park Service for the fifth annual Sweep the Hooch. This massive cleanup extends all the way from the upper Chattahoochee to Chattahoochee Bend State Park. Register on the Sweep the Hooch website before coming out to volunteer. We will have volunteers walking the shoreline, wading and paddling. Bring your own waders/kayaks if you sign up for one of those groups. Space is limited, signup early. See the read more

  • Project Pine Snake

    Project Pine Snake

    04/18/2015 - 04/18/2015

    Are you interested in conservation? Do snakes capture your attention? If you answered yes, join guest Bryan Hudson to learn all about one of Georgia's largest and most secretive snakes which can be found at Don Carter State Park and surrounding areas.

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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 Lainer by participating in Lake Lainer 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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