8.8 Excellent
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Don Carter State Park

Gainesville, Georgia


5000 N Browning Bridge Rd
Gainesville, Georgia 30506
Phone: Click to view

Sites: 61
Recent Rate: $$$$

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Latitude: 34.38803
Longitude: -83.74687

Elevation: 1171' (approx.)
Park Features
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites yes
  • Pets Allowed Pets Allowed yes
  • Big Rig Access Big Rig Access yes
  • Tent Camping Tent Camping yes
  • 55+ Only 55+ Only no
  • Kid Friendly Kid Friendly yes
  • Boondocking Boondocking no
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts yes
  • Dump Station Dump Station yes
  • Group Camping Group Camping yes
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot yes
Hookups
  • Full Hookup Full Hookup no
  • Electric (30 & 50 AMP) Electric (30 & 50 AMP) Electric (30 & 50 AMP)
  • Sewer Sewer no
  • Public Phone Public Phone yes
  • Water Water yes
  • Cable/Sat. TV Hookup Cable/Sat. TV Hookup yes
Connectivity
  • WiFi WiFi no
  • ATT Cellular Provider ATT
  • Verizon Cellular Provider Verizon
  • Sprint Cellular Provider Sprint
  • T-Mobile Cellular Provider T-Mobile
Amenities
  • Restrooms Restrooms yes
  • Showers Showers yes
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities ?
  • Camp Store Camp Store yes
  • Pet Area Pet Area yes
  • Propane Available Propane Available no
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar no
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse no
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available yes
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen no
  • Horse Camp Horse Camp no
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip no
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter yes
  • Restrooms: vault Restrooms: vault no
Recreation
  • Pool Access Pool Access no
  • Playground Playground yes
  • Recreational Trails Recreational Trails yes
  • Rec Room Rec Room no
  • Casino Casino no
  • Fishing Fishing yes
  • Beach Beach yes
  • Biking Biking yes
  • Boating Boating yes
  • Golf Golf no
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities no
  • Horseshoes Horseshoes no
  • Mini-Golf Mini-Golf no
  • Outdoor Courts Outdoor Courts yes
  • Pickleball Pickleball ?
  • Water Access Water Access yes

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15 Reviews

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Review Count: 15
States Visited: 8
Helpful Reviews: 8

Date of Stay: June, 2019 - $30.00
Overall Rating:

We stayed here a week and enjoyed every minute. The park is clean, quiet, well maintained and beautiful. Although you are not waterfront in any campsite, you are very close to the water. We put our kayaks in frequently. No sewer but you can drain grey-water at the site. That helps a lot. And all sites have cable tv hookups. Being able to watch the Stanley Cup game 7 endeared this campground to me. The roads throughout the campground can be a tad confusing and we watched (from site 19) numerous cars make wrong turns. Also, some of the turns are tight and enclosed with brick retaining wall blocks. We watched a 40ft fifth wheel nearly hit a retaining wall making a turn to get to their site. Be careful and you will be fine. We camped at Don Carter State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
19
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table, Patio
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

We drove one day to Amicalola Falls and hiked the start of the Appalachian Trail. One day we went to Anna Ruby Falls to hike and to Helen, GA to have German food. Both visits are recommended and well within an hour distance from Don Carter.

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Review Count: 6
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 5

Date of Stay: September, 2018 - $38.00
Overall Rating:

Newest and kind'a expensive, but worth it. They were going to a new computer based system with site specific assignment... much confusion. Emailed me a site assignment that changed as I got there. No biggie. I find it amusing that we would complain about too much pavement (I have never seen this much). Not well planned and it was confusing. The key to staying on the main roads is to follow the white lines, otherwise you could drive into a site unaware. So, here's my take and recommendations. The best site in the park for many campers is #7... shady and okay view of the lake. No site has an actual clear view. I was in #6 and those on that end are a long walk to the bath house. Also #6 got very little shade. #5 is more shady... however this end is a steep walk up to the bathrooms. If that is a concern, pick a spot closer. The other side of the park is flatter and not a problem. I think #42 would be a good choice. You should pick a site carefully since many are narrow and would put curbside very near the main driveway or too close to a neighbor. Most sites are close to level. A possible negative is getting there. Driving that close to Atlanta can be very bad and Gainesville traffic can be horrible, but as long as you stay north it isn't that bad. A Kroger is about 10 miles away. I never saw a host, but they had to be doing their job because the bath house was very clean. They have basic cable TV service thru Direct TV, which was out of service all one day and Direct was not responsive. But OTA worked so-so. AT&T cell service was excellent on 4G. We camped at Don Carter State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
6
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Nice beach area (should drive to it). Picnic tables and pavilions are excellent. Some hiking trails. Deer can be seen almost every day. I was there for the first US international Dragon Boat races. Quite interesting.

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Review Count: 11
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 4

Date of Stay: September, 2018 - $40.00
Overall Rating:

Nice newer park, lots of amenities, but the water drains at each site were clogged with dirt, hard to dump the gray water, no sewer other than a central dump site. Nice trails around Lake Lanier and beach area, playground etc. We camped at Don Carter State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Site Number
9
Site Surface
Asphalt, Dirt
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Long way off of I-75, but peaceful area.

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Review Count: 3
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: February, 2018 - $30.00
Overall Rating:

Wow, this place is beautiful! Gorgeous lake, terrific campground. Everything is new and sparkling clean. Nice, clean and inexpensive laundry facilities. Gated entry at both park entrance and campground entrance. Friendly staff to top it all off! We would have easily given it a 10 if there was sewer at the sites. It's a good trek from the main highway, but definitely worth it. We camped at Don Carter State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
20
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 65
States Visited: 26
Helpful Reviews: 12

Date of Stay: October, 2017 - $31.00
Overall Rating:

We really enjoyed staying here. Site was level, clean and well groomed. We backed in our 38-foot motorhome on a gravel site with a great water view. Fifty amp and freshwater hookups were solid. While there is no black tank dumping on site (there are dump stations centrally located) grey water can be dumped into a marked drainage spot on site containing charcoal. Plenty of hiking trails and places for pets to exercise (leash rules apply). We camped at Don Carter State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
17
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table, Patio
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 61
States Visited: 10
Helpful Reviews: 13

Date of Stay: October, 2017 - $27.00
Overall Rating:

Opened in 2002, this is Georgia's newest state park and it looks it. Wide paved roads and sites are found here. Working your way through the campground loops can be a little tight in places. The pull throughs are long and parallel to the roads and to be honest, I sometimes wondered if I was driving on the road of through a camp site. The bath houses are 15 years old but clean and neat. The sites are paved with picnic tables, lantern post and fire rings. The cable has minimal channels and while there is no sewers hook ups, there is a gray water dump can in the ground on each site. We camped at Don Carter State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Site Number
36
Site Surface
Concrete, Asphalt
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table, Patio
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 3
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: June, 2017 - $30.00
Overall Rating:

Even in a week of rain we liked this park. Hiked and biked when rain would stop for a while. Rented paddleboards and a water cycle and had a blast. Our site was one of the best ones. Many were smaller or close to others. We loved being able to see the water from our site. Many other sites didn't have water views. Some drainage issues left us with a muddy pond in our camping area, but as I said, it rained a lot. Bathrooms were very clean, but they need to adjust their toilet water devices that were installed inside the tanks. Too little water to flush properly at times. Great idea, though. This park is hilly so prepare accordingly if you want to go hiking or biking. We camped at Don Carter State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
10
Site Surface
Asphalt, Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table, Patio
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Loved the proximity to an awesome dairy with amazing ice cream called Mountain Fresh Creamery.

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Review Count: 2
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: November, 2016 - $25.00
Overall Rating:

The lots have a narrow paved parking area, are nice and typical state park surroundings, beautiful and if you have smaller units, I highly recommend this park. But for us, I gave this park a 6 for several reasons. GA State Parks do NOT assign lots. For most this would not be a problem, but for us in a 42 ft motor home with a full size truck in tow, there were very few lots we would fit on and none, had room for our truck except the one lot we were on. This is a new park and very busy during prime season and special holidays. We were fortunate that this one lot was available. When ask what would happen if we came back again and checked in later in the day and no lot big enough for our coach available, they said we would be out of luck. This is not acceptable business and I feel the state needs to revisit this policy. We were there in Nov. and got to the park early afternoon or we would have been out of luck right then because they told us our lot was the first one to be picked. When you arrive, disconnect your tow because roads are paved but narrow. It is the nicest State Park we have stayed in. However, we generally avoid them because most are not set up for larger units. When we called to schedule our visit, we were told there were many lots we could get into.... WRONG!!!!

Large trash can buried with charcoal inside for gray water dumping. Worked great. No problem even while doing laundry in the coach. We camped at Don Carter State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Concrete
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my motorhome
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table, Patio
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Not Convenient
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Review Count: 34
States Visited: 20
Helpful Reviews: 11

Date of Stay: September, 2016 - $30.00
Overall Rating:

This is a new park but there is lots of older vegetation as well as new. Mixture of back in and pull through sites. It was not crowded midweek and we have no trouble finding a nice site. Other campers are visible but well spaced. Gray water trap at each site is convenient. We had 50 amp service. Drive to the park is also very pretty. We camped at Don Carter State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
No
Tips for other Campers:

There is a trail which runs from the campsite around the lake to the beach area. Its pretty, about 2 miles long, wooded and natural, but not strenuous, mostly flat. We saw 3 deer.

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Review Count: 26
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 4

Date of Stay: April, 2016 - $27.00
Overall Rating:

Second visit to park, ranger and hosts are extremely accommodating. Park is only 3 years old and most of the trees are young, however being close to Cleveland at an elevation of 1100.00ft. Makes for comfortable mornings and evenings. We camped at Don Carter State Park in a Tent Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
34
Site Surface
Asphalt
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table, Patio

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tips for other Campers:

The park sits on the upper end of Lake Lanier halfway between Gainesville and Cleveland.

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Review Count: 53
States Visited: 17
Helpful Reviews: 17

Date of Stay: August, 2015 - $18.00
Overall Rating:

Nice new state park. As stated in other reviews it will take awhile for the trees and vegetation to grow and fill in between the sites. That said there are some nice sites that face the lake and forest that give more privacy than others. You get to choose your site when you get there as you drive through the campground. All sites are paved. There are camp hosts that help keep all the facilities clean. Staff is friendly and helpful. Great beach, playground, kayak and paddle board rental, fishing and hiking to keep you busy. We camped at Don Carter State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
4
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
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Review Count: 26
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 4

Date of Stay: August, 2015 - $30.00
Overall Rating:

This a new park and it will take time for the trees to grow in. Please keep in mind that even though this is a state park the park does sit on a COE lake.
The rangers and staff were pleasant, scenery was outstanding, the upper Chattahoochee had a good flow making the kayak fishing enjoyable. Plenty of things to do and see from, Cleveland, Helen, Gainesville, and Dawsonville. Would definitely stay here again. We camped at Don Carter State Park in a Tent Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
Site Number 33
Site Surface
Concrete
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table, Patio

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tips for other Campers:

The dairy and creamery in Cleveland, the stores in Helen, Bass Pro Shop at sugarloof mills, lake manner, and the Chattahoochee river.

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Review Count: 1
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: July, 2015 - $38.00
Overall Rating:

Very clean and well kept park. The only down side was not a lot of shaded sites. the staff and camp host were great. We camped at Don Carter State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Site Number
8
Site Surface
Concrete
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
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Review Count: 3
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: July, 2015 - $30.00
Overall Rating:

Very clean & family friendly. Nice walking area with plenty of trails. Great beach area. Nice fishing spots. Very up to date & modern playground. Nice covered pavilions near the beach & playground areas. Had a good place for the kids to play & ride their bikes. The rangers often ride through to make sure things are safe. Have stayed here several times & never had any problems. Friends of GA state parks offer a discount w/free admission to all state parks for a year and free nights stay. We camped at Don Carter State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Site Surface
Concrete
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
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Review Count: 3
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: October, 2013 - $29.00
Overall Rating:

This park just opened this summer and we were excited to check it out. All sites are paved, no gravel, and many are pull-through. The sites are not lake front, but some are lake view. It is heavily wooded. Some of the sites I would consider "buddy sites" because they are pull-throughs with one site slightly higher on the pavement than the other, and right next to each other without much privacy. A huge plus for us was the fact that each site has a gray water "bucket' that is dug into the ground with charcoal in it (presumably to absorb smell) and you are allowed to open your gray valve and just let it drain into it. You still have to go to dump station for black water, but most campers can easily go 2 weeks or more with an on-board tank on your RV anyway. That saved me a lot of time dragging a portable tank back and forth, which I have been accustomed to with most GA state parks since most don't have gray water at each site. The park is very nice, with clean comfort stations that have drink vending machines. There is a small gift shop with overpriced items and camp supplies. 3 walking trails, the longest is 2 miles, and a short ADA paved trail that is only 300 yards long but ends with several sitting areas with swings. The beach and playground area is huge with plenty of parking and more swings. No pets on the beach, which is understandable. The beach is in a private cove area so there was little to no wake from the heavily used Lake lanier. We saw several kayakers and stand up paddleboards. Kayak rentals are coming soon according to the manager. 2 boat ramps inside the park with plenty of room to park your boat and turn around. Overall a very nice park We camped at Don Carter State Park in a Travel Trailer.

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