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


    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


    Payment Options

    American Express, Mastercard, Visa

    Site Information

    Cabin / Cottage Rentals, Primitive Camp Sites Available, RVs Permitted

    Suitable for Ages

    All Ages


  • Twilight Lake Lanier Paddle

    Twilight Lake Lanier Paddle

    09/30/2017 - 10/27/2017

    Join a ranger-led sunset outing to look for wading birds and raptors. This event isĀ open to anyone who can swim. No pets are allowed. Kids must be 8 or older and with an adult. Meet at the boat ramp, bring water, flashlight, and binoculars (optional). Bring your own kayak/canoe or rent here. Limited rentals available. Pre-registration required.

    Saturday, Aug 19, 2017
    7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

    Saturday, Sep 2, 2017
    7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

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  • Glow in the Dark Hike

    Glow in the Dark Hike

    10/28/2017 - 10/28/2017

    On this Spooky night, decorate yourselves with glow bracelets, glow sticks or anything that would light up the trail. We will provide extra glow sticks. We will meet at the boat ramp parking. For safety, bring flashlights. Call in advance to register. Each time slot is limited to 20 participants. Wear close-toed shoes, and insect repellent.

    Saturday, October 28, 2017
    7:30 p.m.
    8:30 p.m.

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  • Trunk-o-Treat Fun

    Trunk-o-Treat Fun

    10/28/2017 - 10/28/2017

    Little trick-or-treaters can dress in their favorite costumes while collecting candy from car-to-car instead of door-to-door. Kids will have supervised activities while adults decorate cars at the park. Contest for best costumes and car decoration. For those who plan to give candy and decorate their cars, please call to register in advance.

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  • Campground Trick or Treating

    Campground Trick or Treating

    10/28/2017 - 10/28/2017

    Little ghouls and goblins can collect candy from RV-to-RV and from cabin-to-cabin. There will be park prizes for best RV and cottage decorations. Register at the park office. You will get a sticker to display at your site. Overnight guests only. Children must be supervised at all times by an adult.

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  • First Day Hike on Lake Lanier

    First Day Hike on Lake Lanier

    01/01/2018 - 01/01/2018

    Join a ranger as we explore a beautiful backcountry area of the park. Our 2 mile cross country adventure will follow old road beds, ridges, hills and valleys. This hike is moderate to strenuous. Wear closed-toe shoes and bring water. Meet at the trail-head parking. Call the Visitor Center to reserve a spot. Limited to 15 hikers.

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