Don Carter State Park

Mr. & Mrs. Don Carter at Don Carter State Park ~~ Photo by Robert Sutherland

Mr. & Mrs. Don Carter at Don Carter State Park ~~ Photo by Robert Sutherland

After many years of hard labor, Don Carter State Park was born in 2013.  First conceived by Mr. Don Carter himself, the State of Georgia delivered the park to us without fanfare or complications.  Now, it’s hard to remember when our idyllic park wasn’t with us.

This recreation area on Lake Lanier is in a rather remote location aside the Chattahoochee River, north of Gainesville, near Clermont, GA.  Burger joints, gas stations and food markets are within ten miles, but not around the corner.  If that’s bad news, maybe you’d rather camp in Atlanta at the Ritz?  You can snag a suite (with a grand piano) for a few hundred dollars a night, if you survive the traffic.

Ditch The Big City and head for the country!  Hitch your camper and your boat and escape for a while at Don Carter.  Pitch a tent in the woods or adjust the satellite dish on your humongous RV.  It’s just nice to meet the world’s nicest people: campers!

After a few days, you’ll wonder why anyone goes to Atlanta, except to watch the Braves or the Falcons win a game.  (Hopefully.)

Don Carter State Park has 64 Campsites:

  • Campsite with Electricity:  44 RV Campsites
  • Cottages:  8
  • Picnic Shelters:  4
  • Primitive Camping:  12
The sandy white beach at Don Carter State Park ~~ Photograph by Robert Sutherland

The sandy white beach at Don Carter State Park ~~ Photograph by Robert Sutherland

Don Carter State Park is the perfect place to fall asleep under the stars or with a window open in a well-appointed rental cabin.  Can’t sleep without the background noise of a bustling city?  Bring a recording of car alarms, sirens and gunshots, because you won’t hear them here.

While on the Hawaiian island of Molokai, I once saw the world’s most exquisite white-sand beach.  Save yourself a gajillion dollars and romp in the sand at Don Carter Park’s beach instead.  It’s almost as pretty and it’s much easier to drive to in your motor home.

My favorite fishing holes are along the rock-lined edges of the Chattahoochee River near Don Carter.  You never known when you’ll get a hit.  If you land a few, you’ll appreciate the fish cleaning station that awaits your victory celebration back on land.  Don’t have a boat?  Pffft.  No problem.  There’s a family friendly fishing pier near the boat ramps.

Don Carter State Park Now ~~ Photo by Robert Sutherland

Don Carter State Park’s Fishing Pier ~~ Photo by Robert Sutherland

The park’s delightful two-bedroom cabins have lake views, rocking chair porches and individual grills.

Make memories and dinner.  Just bring a need to relax, food, charcoal and an appetite.

Don Carter State Park Facilities

  • 1,040 acres of pleasure
  • 8 two-bedroom cottages
  • 44 tent, trailer & RV campsites
  • 12 walk-in tent sites
  • 6 picnic shelters
  • 10.5 miles of shoreline
  • 1.5-mile paved multi-use trail
  • 2-mile hiking trail
  • Beach
  • Boat ramps
  • Bathhouse
  • Visitor Center
  • Fishing
  • Swimming
  • Playgrounds
  • Kayak, SUP and Aquacycle rentals – seasonal
  • Romantic sunsets

Reservations & Contact Info

  • Address:  5000 N. Browning Bridge Road, Gainesville, GA, 30506
  • Reservations: 800-864-7275

Hiking Trails

  • Woodland Loop – 1 mile, paved
  • Terrapin Cove Trail – 1 mile, natural
  • Overlook Trail – 1/8 mile, paved
  • Lakeview Loop Trail – 1/2 mile, paved
  • Huckleberry Trail – 3/4 mile, natural

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