Cabins
Dispersed
Group
RV Sites
Tent Sites
Fires Allowed
Pets Allowed
Drinking Water
About Don Carter State Park

This recreation area is part of Lake Sidney Lanier

Operator
State
Access
Drive In
Walk In
Hike In
Boat In
Features
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ADA Accessible
Alcohol Allowed
Drinking Water
Electric Hookups
Fires Allowed
Firewood Available
Market
Pets Allowed
Phone Service
Picnic Table
Reservable
Sanitary Dump
Sewer Hookups
Showers
Toilets
Trash Available
Water Hookups
No WiFi
Location
Don Carter State Park is located in Georgia
Latitude
34.39 N
Longitude
-83.742 W
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9 Reviews of Don Carter State Park
Too much asphalt

Who ever decided that every campsite needed to be asphalt should be hung! This is a newer State Park in Georgia and it could be nice, but it’s been paved over. They classify them as RV sites, but they are parking lots. They have water and electric, and a dump station. The bathroom/shower building was new. (There is a small primitive camping area for tents, with no facilities.) There is a playground and a beach area, which was not open when we were there. There are some “trails” but they are paved as well. There are also cottages. We went to a ranger program on raptors on Saturday which was interesting.. Probably won’t go back because there are lots of much nicer parks in Georgia.

Very nice new campground on the lake

Great, newer state park only an hour from intown Atlanta. We really enjoyed the primitive tent sites, especially the lake view loop. Really spread out, shady, good trees for hammocks, nice lake views at sites 11 and 12. Short walk from the parking lot and they have carts you can use for your stuff. Water and port-a-potties also available at the parking lot. Relatively cheap and can hike all the park’s trails from the primitive sites. Firewood available to purchase when you check in. Bring the kayaks, there’s a boat ramp right by the campground! It was a tiny bit louder at night then we’re used to, could hear nearby roads.

I had a private beach all to myself!

Ok so reading my title might be a bit deceiving. I went to Don Carter mid week after a holiday and the place was pretty empty. While usually that would be a bit weird this park made it one of the most amazing feelings on earth.

I pulled in late afternoon, deer were grazing in the primitive camp zones. I walked one of the trails and then headed over to explore the lake area. I was so pleased by the facility which had a nice sandy beach, outdoor showers, large restrooms and swings ideal for sitting and enjoying a meal by the lake.

I took a dip in the cool waters and though they were not a clear blue they were clear and I could see to the bottom all the way out to the edge of the swimming zone. It was beautiful!!!!

Pricing was very inexpensive for primitive camping which included fire rings and picnic tables and spacing was great!!

I ventured over to the RV area and those site also seemed to be spacious and though there were a few campers in that region it was still very light. I would for sure suggest weekday stay here!!

Tips:

  • If you are wanting to check out a rental of a canoe make sure you call in advance, these are only available during certain times. When I arrived I arrived late in the day and they were not available. The following day I also realized they were not open
  • Do some animal watching or photography. From 6 in the evening and beyond you will find deer grazing in late summer and early fall, also raccoons and other small animals can be spotted roaming in some of the open areas
HOT, HOT, HOT!!!

This is Georgia's newest state park (2013) and it is a beautiful park! The staff is great and there is plenty to see/do! The park is located on Lake Lanier with plenty of opportunities for fishing, swimming and boating! There's even a fish cleaning station (located near the main boat ramp entrance).

There are hiking trails, geocaches, a beach area, picnic shelters, cottages and a brand new equestrian trail system!

As far as camping goes, there are primitive tent/hammock sites and an RV campground. The RV campground features all paved campsites so it would be tough camping in a tent (no way to stake your tent).

Now, the ASPHALT is part of the reason for the review's title, coupled with the fact that this is a new park and tree coverage is a bit sparse for the time being. Once the canopy fills out, it will be shady.

We camped in our trusty pop up camper so direct sun is always an issue (non-insulated bunk ends) but a travel trailer/RV would probably fare well (as far as temp goes).

We'll be back but in the Fall when it is a bit cooler!

The campground hosts were friendly and they kept the bath houses/laundry facilities spotless!

This is a beautiful park and we highly recommend it, in the proper weather or camper!

Spots right on the lake, but no shady spots

This is a nice campground and well-maintained. The sites are first come first serve so you don’t get to pick out your site in advance. Luckily we found a spot right on the lake. We brought our kayaks and could put in right down the hill from our site. We had not bought purchase RV yet and had to set up our tent on the gravel pad site. There was no shade and we were burning up in the summer heat. There is a swimming area and trails for hiking or biking. We were near the fishing dock and the kids fished. It was just so brutally hot that we ended up leaving a day early.

Peaceful Stay !!

As in most state parks , clean and friendly, restrooms and showers clean .Only bad thing is no close by stores make sure you have everything or be ready for a little trip to get it ! But we will return !!!!

Nice, Clean State Park

We have stayed have stayed at Don Carter 3 times and enjoyed it each time. It is the newest of GA State Parks and has all paved roads and sites. The park and all facilities are clean and well maintained. While the sites are not full hookup, along with power and water the sites have a "gray water" drip system that allows you to slowly drain off gray water.

The sites are average in size and not too close together. There are a handful of waterfront sites however being a "first come first served" reservation system, your best chance of getting one of those sites is to arrive on Wednesday or Thursday.

Taste of the Beach

If you don't have enough money or time for a beach vacation this is the place to go. You will enjoy Sandy beaches and the splash of cold water on your body.

First to Review
Clean, new and lots to do.

We tent camped here for two nights. While our tent was a bit too big to fit on the pad, we made do and didn't even set it on fire. The bathrooms were very clean and since we were allowed to pick our site we found one near the bathroom. There were several trails and geocaches in the park, which helped us walk off some of the donuts we ate sitting around the campfire. This park also has a lake and playground for other outdoor activities if hiking and geocaching aren't your thing. The camp store has ice and firewood and some other things you might need/want. Perhaps we are just navigationally challenged, but finding the dumpster when we needed it was a feat. Of course we passed it while we were trying to find the perfect campsite, but had trouble locating it when we actually needed it. We were also glad that we called before our arrival since we needed a gate code. Overall, it was a good experience. There was a beautiful night sky.