DON CARTER STATE PARK , GA

Don 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...
Status: Open year round.   Season Dates
Max reservation window: Fri Oct 02 2015   Later Dates

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Parkpass 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
Seminole
George T. Bagby
Florence Marina
Tugaloo
Hart
Bobby Brown
Richard B. Russell
Elijah Clark
Mistletoe

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.

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Footnotes: (applicable only where specifically marked above)
+When you reserve one of these sites, it will not be a site specific reservation. You will be assigned a site when you arrive at the campground.
** Arrival dates earlier than the online-reservation-window may also be available at the campground.
*** Some sites may be available only from the campground on a first-come-first-served basis.
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Photo: DON CARTER STATE PARK Photo: DON CARTER STATE PARK VISITOR CENTER & GIFT SHOP Photo: DON CARTER STATE PARK VISITOR CENTER & GIFT SHOP Photo: DON CARTER STATE PARK COTTAGE Photo: DON CARTER STATE PARK RV CAMPING Photo: DON CARTER STATE PARK BOAT RAMP
Overview

Description

Don 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.

Recreation:

Swimming.
Boating.
Fishing.
Hiking.

Facilities:

Cottages
RV Campground
Primitive Campground
Picnic Shelters
Swimming Beach
Playground
Boat Ramps
Visiotr Center

Nearby Attractions:

Unicoi State Park
Lake Lanier
Gainesville, GA

Booking Window

Campsite Electric

Tue Sep 02 2014 - Fri Oct 02 2015

Reservations can be made for today and can be made up to 13 Month(s) in advance.

Cottage

Thu Sep 04 2014 - Fri Oct 02 2015

Reservations must be made 2 Days(s) ahead of arrival and can be made up to 13 Month(s) in advance.

Picnic Shelter

Thu Sep 04 2014 - Fri Oct 02 2015

Reservations must be made 2 Days(s) ahead of arrival and can be made up to 13 Month(s) in advance.

Primitive Camping

Tue Sep 02 2014 - Fri Oct 02 2015

Reservations can be made for today and can be made up to 13 Month(s) in advance.

Season Dates

Season Schedule

Park Season Start End
Peak Wed Jan 01 2014 Wed Dec 31 2014
Peak Thu Jan 01 2015 Thu Dec 31 2015
Services and Amenities
Within Facility
  • ADA accessible
  • Accessible Boat Ramp
  • Accessible Picnic Area
  • Bath House
  • Beach
  • Beach Access
  • Boat Launch Ramp
  • Boating
  • Cabin Rental
  • Cable Tv
  • Camp Host On Duty
  • Camping
  • Courtesy Dock
  • Covered Group Structure
  • Dock, Accessible
  • Dump Station
  • Dumpster
  • Firewood For Sale
  • Fish Cleaning Station
  • Fishing Lake
  • Fishing, Reservoir
  • Flush Restroom
  • Flush Toilets
  • Gift/Souvenir Shop
  • Grills
  • Handicapped Access Site
  • Hiking Trails
  • Host
  • Hot Showers
  • Ice
  • Interactive Programs
  • Lake Access
  • Lantern Post
  • Nature Trails
  • Officer/Ranger Station
  • Parking
  • Paved Sites
  • Picnic Shelter
  • Playground
  • Primitive Camping
  • Sand Swimming Beach
  • Showers
  • Skiing - Water
  • Small Store
  • Swimming - Beach
  • Tent Area
  • Trails
  • Trails, Moderate Hiking
  • Trails, Mountain Bike
  • Trash&Recycle Bins
  • Visitors Center
Greater Than 1 Mile
  • Bait
  • Boat Storage
  • Canoeing
  • Churches
  • Convenience Stores
  • Food Available Nearby
  • Gas Station
Within 10 Miles
  • ATM Machine
  • Cafe/Restaurant
  • Fishing Supplies
  • Gasoline
  • Grocery Store
  • Hospital
  • Laundry
  • Post Office
  • Rent Boats
  • Restaurant
  • Town
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Fees and Cancellation Policies

Facility Rates*
Park Season Site Type Nightly/Daily Rates
Peak Season
Jan 01 2014 -
Dec 31 2014
Primitive Camping $20.00
Picnic Shelter $45.00
Cottage $175.00-$250.00
Campsite Electric $30.00
Peak Season
Jan 01 2015 -
Dec 31 2015
Primitive Camping $20.00
Picnic Shelter $50.00
Cottage $125.00-$250.00
Campsite Electric $30.00

*Displayed rates do not reflect discounts, attribute fees (electrical hook-ups / water hook-ups), taxes or incremental charges
**Weekly rates may not be available for all sites
Getting There
GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
34.38972, -83.75278
34°23'23"N, 83°45'10"W

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.
Contact Information

Mailing Address:

DON CARTER STATE PARK
500 North Browning Bridge Road
Gainesville  GA  30506

Phone Number:

Information:  (678)450-7726
Additional Information