This spring, Georgia added a new park to its collection of wonderful places to play outside. Don Carter State Park is perched on the north end of Lake Lanier, just outside the city of Gainesville and provides state park appeal to lake lovers.
Of course, being huge fans of our state’s parks, we had to go check it out for ourselves.
The park is equipped with all you would expect from Georgia State Parks. You’ll be able hike, bike, picnic, geocache, and let the little ones loose on the playground. Don Carter also gives water lovers lots of opportunities to enjoy Lake Lanier. There’s over 10 miles of shoreline for fishing, swimming, and boating. The park has fishing docks and boat ramps as well as a fish-cleaning station. A swimming beach is located in the Day Use area and the restrooms here are even equipped with rinsing showers.
Rental facilities at Don Carter State Park include cabins, RV campsites, primitive walk-in campsites, and picnic shelters. The cabin & campsite area are only open to overnight guests so we didn’t get to check them out but for a look at those facilities be sure to visit the park’s photo gallery.
The hiking trail
This biggest draw to this park will be those looking for water-based fun. Anyone looking to get a short hike in though can take to the 2-mile hiking trail that winds through the forest and along the lake’s edge. A 1.5-mile paved multi-use trail will be appealing to those looking for a nice bike ride or casual walk.
As always, having a Georgia State Parks ParkPass is always the best value if you’ll be visiting any of the parks for more than a few days each year. Otherwise, like all state parks, there is a daily $5 entrance fee.