Don Carter State Park RV & Campground Guide


Don Carter State Park is located on the north end of Lake Lanier, about 11 miles north of Gainesville, Georgia. With several boat ramps that provide easy access to the 38,000-acre lake, this recreation area is ideal for watersports. The park also has a swimming beach that's popular in summer. In addition to Lake Lanier and the Chattahoochee River, this recreation area features outdoor fitness equipment, a playground, and a gift shop. Don Carter State Park is located 53 miles northwest of Athens, 67 miles northeast of Atlanta, and 74 miles northeast of Marietta, Georgia. 

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Spring 48-70 F
Summer 66-85 F
Fall 55-76 F
Winter 33-53 F
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RV Resorts & Campsites in Don Carter State Park

Don Carter State Park and the nearby locations offer a lot to outdoor adventurers as well as those who like to relax. To soak in all the recreation opportunities and enjoy the on-site Hammock Campground, you'll want to bring your RV. If you do not have one, get a rental via RVshare.com

River Forks Park & Campground

There are plenty of camping options at Lake Lanier in the region. At River Forks Park & Campground, a boat ramp with plenty of parking is available. You can also play on the 40,000-foot beach at this facility, where rates start at about $20 per night.

  • Water hookup: Yes

  • Electrical hookup: Yes

  • Sewer hookup: No

  • Wi-Fi: No

  • Pet-friendly: Yes

  • Other amenities: Boat ramp, beach, biking, and hiking trails

Duckett Mill Campground

Duckett Mill Campground is located near the middle of Lake Lanier by Springdale. Here, you can go biking, hiking, swimming, and fishing. Rates start at about $18 per night.

  • Water hookup: Yes

  • Electrical hookup: Yes

  • Sewer hookup: No

  • Wi-Fi: No

  • Pet-friendly: Yes

  • Other amenities: Lake, shower house, playground, laundry

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What to Do at
Don Carter State Park

Inside Don Carter State Park

About 11 million visitors head to Lake Lanier annually, and many of them stop at Don Carter State Park to go swimming on the sandy beach. Many also use the boat ramp to launch their vessel onto the reservoir, which connects to the Chattahoochee River. Visitors can also hike along many miles of trails to see stunning views of the water while staying cool under the large shade trees. 

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How to Get to
Don Carter State Park

If you start in Gainesville, Georgia, head northwest on Green Street. Turn right on Jesse Jewell Parkway. Turn left on US 129. Turn right on Georgia 284 North. Make a right on North Browning Bridge Road. Finally, turn slightly left to get on North Boat Ramp Road. Look up, and you will be at Don Carter State Park. 

Entering Don Carter State Park

A $5 parking fee is charged at this park, which is open for day use from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Don Carter State Park Per vehicle : $5.0

Don Carter State Park is a fantastic place to play on Lake Lanier throughout the year, so make this trip happen soon. When you do, be sure to do it in your RV. If you do not have one, then rent one through RVshare.com! After your trip, post your photos to your social media feed and tag us so we can see. You may also send your photos and stories to [email protected].

Frequently Asked Questions About Don Carter State Park

What is the best time of year to visit Don Carter State Park?

Don't miss out on the amazing summer activities at Don Carter State Park. You can rent kayaks or water bicycles to take out on Lake Lanier. The gorgeous white sand beach is perfect for afternoons of swimming and sunbathing.

Are there designated RV camping spots in Don Carter State Park?

Don Carter State Park has 44 modern campsites with electrical hookups. All of the sites are within walking distance of beautiful Lake Lanier. The campground's amenities include a dump station, grills, picnic areas, and a boat launch.

Do you have to reserve a camping spot at Don Carter State Park and what is the cost?

You don't have to reserve a spot, but it's the best way to get your preferred site and amenities. Deposits are required to confirm a reservation, which can be made up to 13 months in advance.

Are pets allowed at Don Carter State Park?

Pets are welcome at the park if they're on a leash no longer than six feet. They must be accompanied at all times while within Don Carter State Park.

Is Don Carter State Park accessible for disabled visitors?

Don Carter State Park has several accessible RV campsites with paved lots and even walking ground. You're also welcome to use the accessible dock, boat ramp, and picnicking area. The Woodland Loop trail is paved and wheelchair-accessible.