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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  • swimming beach

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  • Cabin porch overlooking lake.

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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


    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


  • Junior Ranger Adventure Thursdays

    Junior Ranger Adventure Thursdays

    07/24/2014 - 07/24/2014

    A new adventure every week. We will start out with a nature activity such as bird watching, fishing or a nature hike, have lunch in the park and then end with a craft that will reflect on the days activities. All this fun while earning your junior ranger patches!

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  • Snakes Alive

    Snakes Alive

    07/26/2014 - 07/27/2014

    Ranger will teach about some of the local snake species and their benefits to the park. Participants will also learn about non-native snakes and how they affect the environment. Meet at the visitor center upper parking lot.

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  • Back Porch Pickin' in the Breezeway

    Back Porch Pickin' in the Breezeway

    07/26/2014 - 08/23/2014

    Join us at the Visitor Center to enjoy some of north Georgia's finest mountain music. Be sure to bring a chair. Arrive early to grab snacks and souvenirs from the gift shop.

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  • Reptiles


    07/26/2014 - 07/26/2014

    Ranger Clint will introduce you to reptiles from all over the globe. You will see snakes, lizards and even a giant tarantula. This will be held at shelter 3 at the beach. Donations appreciated and go to the care of the animals in the show.

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  • Chattahoochee Mountain Music Festival

    Chattahoochee Mountain Music Festival

    09/27/2014 - 09/27/2014

    What welcomes the first weekend in fall more than an afternoon in the park with live old time music, arts and crafts vendors and good food. Join us for the first annual Chattahoochee Mountain Music Festival.

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