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DON CARTER STATE PARK, GA
DescriptionDon Carter is Georgia’s newest state park, as well as 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 welcome 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.
Unicoi State Park
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Alerts and Important InformationParkpass is required for all vehicles.
ParkPass fees: 1-12 passenger vehicles $5 per day or $50 annual ParkPass;
13 - 30 passenger vehicles $30 per day or $75 annual ParkPass;
31 or more passenger vehicles $70 per day or $250 annual ParkPass;
Georgia active duty military/veterans $3.75 per day or $37.50 annual ParkPass.
Daily or Annual ParkPass is available at the park office. Overnight guests pay only one fee for the duration of their stay. Annual Parkpass can be purchased by calling (770) 389-7401, Reservation Administration. Park Rules and Regulations:
Rules and regulations are posted at site offices and must be observed by all guests and their visitors.
Smoke-Free Facilities: Please be advised that smoking is prohibited in all enclosed facilities, including buildings owned, leased, or operated by the State or local governing authorities. This includes all lodge rooms & facilities, park cottages, group shelters, group lodges, group camps, Chattahoochee Bend Adirondack Campsites, Mistletoe Camper Cabin, Seminole Treehouse Camping, Watson Mill Log Cabin Bunkhouses and yurts camps. Georgia Smoke-free Air Act of 2005.
Pets: Pets are welcome at state parks and campgrounds if leashed (no longer than six feet) and accompanied by the owner at all times; however, they are not allowed in or around historic sites, lodges, group camps, swimming areas, or some trails at Panola Mountain and Tallulah Gorge. Pets are allowed only in select cottages with advance reservations and a fee. Kennels are not available. Owners should clean up after pets.
Intoxicants: Consumption or use of alcoholic beverages or intoxicants is unlawful in any public-use area.
Campfires: All campfires must be kept in designated areas such as a fire ring. Never leave a campfire unattended. Smaller fires with coals (rather than large flames) are better for campfire cooking and toasting marshmallows.
Weapons: Bows and arrows, explosives, fireworks, slingshots, fishing spears or any device that discharges projectiles by any means is prohibited. Firearms must be unloaded, cased and stored, unless a person possesses a valid weapons-carry license for a firearm that is valid in Georgia. A person possessing a valid weapon-carry license to carry a firearm valid in this state may carry such firearm on Georgia State Parks and Historic Sites, except on sites where carrying such firearm is prohibited by federal law. Firearms except those that are unloaded, cased and stored are not permitted on sites that are leased, federal Army Corps of Engineers property, including:
Red Top Mountain
George T. Bagby
Richard B. Russell
Reciprocal Firearms Agreements
Some states have reciprocal firearms agreements with Georgia, and their citizens may possess a firearm as long as they possess a valid weapons carry permit from their respective state. These include:
Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, New Hampshire, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Wisconsin and Wyoming.
Collecting: All wildlife, plant life, driftwood, artifacts and any other natural or man-made features are protected and may not be disturbed or removed. Please leave wildflowers for other visitors to enjoy. Possession of metal detecting equipment is prohibited.
Motor Vehicles: Park roads are public roads. All vehicles are subject to license safety requirements and regulations of the Georgia Department of Public Safety. ATVs are not allowed in state parks.
Getting There:GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
85N to I-985N toward Gainesville to Exit 24 toward US-129/GA-369. Follow US-129N to GA-284N, Clarks Bridge Road. Turn right on Clarks Bridge Road. Follow to North Browning Bridge Road, about 6 miles. Turn right at North Browning Bridge Road.
Mailing Address:DON CARTER STATE PARK
500 North Browning Bridge Road
Gainesville GA 30506
Phone Number:Information: (678)450-7726