Don Carter State Park

Don Carter State Park, Gainesville: Hours, Address, Don Carter State Park Reviews: 4.5/5

Don Carter State Park
4.5
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Georgia State Park offering camping, cottages, hiking, kayaking and fishing.
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EJay
1 contribution
May 2020 • Family
Great place to camp with our small kids in our 30ft travel trailer. I have my favorite site that I just booked a year in advance do to the high demand for it. Debating whether or not to put which site it is....anyway, their is a gray water drain at each site that I’ve camped on which is super nice. Dump station isn’t far. Trails, beach, swimming, hiking, biking, playgrounds (when not closed do to Covid-19). Well maintained and very friendly staff. I highly recommend this state park for camping.
Written May 23, 2020
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Sage Sheep
Ellijay, GA24 contributions
Mar 2020
Quick and easy to reserve. Nice water views. Different layout than most parks- could be good or bad depending who your neighbors are...... Clean park. Very quiet. There were not a ton of campers while we were there, so our visit may be different than a busy holiday weekend, but we would definitely return!
Written March 13, 2020
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Gerald732
Cumming, GA66 contributions
Aug 2013 • Family
I could easily give this park a rating of five had not been for the extremely small beach area. If you are looking for a park which supports hiking, trail walking, bike riding, fishing, RV Overnighting, Camping, the I would strongly suggest The Don Carter State Park in Gainesville GA. I choose to give this a rating of four only because I believe that they have the space to accommodate a much larger beach area and did not make use of it. The beach is man made on the Lake Lanier. It was beautifully done with impeccable white sand. It's one of Georgia's most recent attractions.

Don Carter Park is Georgia’s newest state park, as well as the first state park on 38,000-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 is designed specifically for RVs, while another primitive camping area is just for tents and hammocks. The campground and cottage loop are gated, providing access to overnight guests only.

The hours of operation are as follow:-
Park Hours: 7 a.m.–10 p.m.
Office Hours: 8 a.m.–5 p.m.
Parking: $5
Cottages $110 - $160/night
RV docking range from $26 - $29
Picnic Shelters are also available to rental.
Written August 26, 2013
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Mimi S
Dawsonville, Georgia553 contributions
May 2014 • Couples
We have stayed in the cabins twice and been very pleased with the cleanliness and convenience. They are still new with AC, heat, big rockers on the back porch to overlook the woods and lake, and each has a fire ring and picnic table. I will say that the rings and tables are down away from the lower area so not that easy to get to for people not too stable on their pins. The Terrapin Trail is lovely and follows the lake a lot of the time, but when it goes inland, it's interesting, too. Just before getting to the beach area at the far end of the trail (we started at the boat ramp by the cabins), the trail comes down to a wonderful fern covered valley where the creek runs thru. The All Purpose trail is paved and also really pretty. We had the opportunity to go to the back country with one of the rangers (thanks, Matt!) and see where some of the new trail areas will be. It will take awhile, but it will be worth it. They also seem to be aware of some of the RV shortfalls, but there are still pretty areas to park and everything is clean. Go slow on the road as there are deer everywhere. It's not often we get to break in a new park, but we are pretty impressed with this one and its future. Hang on, Horse People...your trail is coming and you are gonna love it! You hikers are going to really enjoy the 7-8 mile loop on the peninsula with primitive camping and no bikes or horses allowed.
Written July 15, 2014
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R M
Chambersburg, PA271 contributions
Jan 2018 • Couples
This review is mostly for the camping at Don Carter. Over all it’s a great park for hiking, swimming and fishing, the camping is a little different then most of GA’s state parks. The campground is like a mini resort, all sites are paved, all have water and electric. While there is no sewer hookups they do have a dump station and at the sites a unique gray water dump pit. The pit has charcoal and you can dump your gray water at your site, this should allow most people to stay longer without going to the dump station. Sites and streets are all paved, some sites are really large pull through sites. There is a playground and nice restrooms. Cell service is good, shopping and restaurants are close. The beach area is nice, there are cabins and boat launch’s.
Written February 4, 2018
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werdtfr
Gainesville, GA18 contributions
Jun 2014 • Couples
We have just started to travel in our class B motorhome and have been to several State Park in Florida and Tennessee. This is the least user friendly one we have been to. I don't think there is a level pad in the entire campground. In addition for some reason they have placed large boulders at all the corners you have to negotiate, making is treacherous at night! Why are those there? Yes the bathrooms are new and very clean everyone is nice but the design of the place makes you wonder who's idea was this. We won't go back.
Written July 4, 2014
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Exteam
Gainesville, GA150 contributions
Jun 2019 • Friends
To do this summer? Use Don Carter. Yes it costs some bling to park....but it is clean, gas low traffic and, a nice forgot it shop at the ranger station.
Written July 2, 2019
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Reesa D
Atlanta, GA422 contributions
Jan 2018 • Friends
This is a very quiet and secluded park with wonderful walking trails and a small beach. Most trails are paved and well kept. They are continually upgrading all the facilities. This is ideal for walking for weight loss or taking yours dogs out for a long walk.

It is always a nice day here.
Written January 10, 2018
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tunamarshall
Gainesville, GA24 contributions
Mar 2017 • Family
If you are looking for large campsites, good luck. This park was constructed by a company that has never camped with a decent camper. Most camper sites are too close together. If you have slides in both sides of the camper, you most likely will have a problem. Vogel State Park is better and only 45 minutes north.
Written March 15, 2017
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joy12Blairsville_GA
Blairsville, GA788 contributions
Oct 2016 • Couples
Super great three day get away. My husband and I only live about 60 miles away from this new Georgia State Park (only two years old) that is located on Lake Lanier. We spent three nights (Oct 21 - 24) in the ADA cabin # 3. This very nice and large cabin has two bedrooms (each with two beds) and two bathrooms. One bathroom has a tub/shower combo and the other bathroom has a wheel-in shower with a fold down seat. There is a large area for the dining room table beside the living room which has two chairs and one sofa. The kitchen is set up for someone in a wheel chair to use easily. A large covered porch was located on the back side of the cabin and had four very comfortable wooden rockers to relax in. A picnic table and an outdoor grill were also on the back side of the cabin. As we were staying there in late October, some of the leaves had already fallen from the many many oak trees that were all over the park and we could view part of the lake. Really beautiful in the early AM with the sun sparkling off the water. We had 17 deer visit during our stay with early evening hours the best viewing time. The cabin had a wood burning fireplace (metal stove) and this was wonderful. You can bring your own firewood but the park prefers that the wood you bring in only comes from the counties that border Hall County. Tree-killing pests hitchhike on firewood. The visitor center at the park has bundles of firewood for sale and also commercial fire logs. We never left the park during our time there and enjoyed the peace and quiet. Very near the visitors center is an ADA accessible trail that is only about 200 yards long with several swings along its pathway. They have many many other longer trails for hiking for all levels of fitness. I'm sure summer would find the park very busy with all the water activities to do but for us, a long weekend of quietness was perfect.

And thank you to Jackie in the visitor center for all her help and answering many of my questions. She truly cares about the visitors and it shows when she is helping someone.

Housekeeping does a wonder job also and the cabin was spotless when we arrived. During Saturday and Sunday day time many of the picnic table areas were being used by small groups of families. The park is huge and very well designed. We saw a RV parking area, many tent campsite areas, a fish cleaning station and picnic shelters.

So whether you need a cabin like we do or love to rough it in the woods, this is truly a lovely addition to the Georgia State Park System.
Written November 7, 2016
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