Ga. to Open New Campground on Lake Lanier

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July 8, 2013 by   - () Leave a Comment

Blue pin marks the location of Don Carter State Park, Georgia's newest state park, which opens on July 15.

Lake Lanier fans can look forward to a new place to play this summer when Don Carter State Park near Ganinesville, Ga., opens on July 15.

According to a news release, Georgia’s first state park on the 38,000-acre reservoir will feature camping, boat ramps, fishing, picnicking, playgrounds, hiking and a large swimming beach. Parking is $5 and most day-use activities are free.

Situated on the north end of the reservoir, the 1,316-acre park offers access to a quiet section of the normally busy lake. Swimmers will enjoy the large beach with sloped lawn and bath house. New boat ramps provide quick access to the lake, and anglers can prepare their catch at a fish-cleaning station. A 1 1/2-mile paved trail welcomes hikers, bikers and strollers to explore surrounding hardwoods, while a two-mile trail can be explored on foot.

Don Carter State Park offers overnight getaways as well. A modern campground with hot showers accommodates RVs, while another camping area is reserved just for tents and hammocks. Although the park will soon accept reservations, campsites will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis during the first few weeks of opening.

Those who prefer a soft bed over a sleeping bag can look forward to the eight rental cabins, opening later this summer. The two-bedroom cabins are perched on wooded hillsides near the lake, with rocking-chair porches and fully equipped kitchens.

Don Carter State Park offers a bargain getaway on Lake Lanier. Visitors pay $5 for parking, and most activities – including swimming – are free. Campsites range from $15 to $29, and cabins will be $110 to $160. Leashed dogs are welcome on trails and in the campground, but not in the visitor center and most cabins. Covered picnic shelters rent for $45 and are perfect for family reunions, birthday parties and casual receptions. Georgia’s newest state park is named in honor of Don Carter, the longest serving member (29 years) of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources board.

Although the park officially opens July 15, the state will host a grand opening ceremony later this fall. To learn more, visit or call (678) 450-7726 after July 15.

Accommodations & Facilities

• 1,316 Acres

• 8 Cottages — still under construction ($110-$160)

• 46 Tent, Trailer, RV Campsites — ($25-$29)

• 12 Walk-in Tent Sites ($15)

• 6 Picnic Shelters ($45)

• 39,000-Acre Lake Lanier



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