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Don Carter State Park, Gainesville

Categories: State Parks, Nature & Parks
Inspirock Rating:
4.1/5 based on 100+ reviews on the web
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  • The walking trails are lovely....I was pleasantly surprised at how very nice this park is! Great for solo walking, felt very safe! Or family outing. Go. 
  • For starters the park has an elevation of about 1,300 feet above sea level. Cooler than most of Georgia. Nice new facilities and a beautiful beach. Riding trails, hiking trails fishing, camping, cabin...  read more »
  • My husband and I went for the first time today and participated in a Ranger led power walk. The Park Ranger, David was great. There is a boat ramp, camping - both tent and cabins, playgrounds, many wa...  read more »
  • PARK REVIEW ***** If you love nature and watching the deer at play..this is a great place to go. It has a beautiful beach (a bit larger than most of the state parks we have visited) and beautiful and well maintained facilities at the beach area. If fishing is your thing, again this is the place for you. A fish cleaning station is provided right here at the park. This park deserves five stars for all of the above plus the campground hosts (The Days) were very helpful. Stopping by our first day to let us know if we needed their help where to find them, stopping by to offer help when they saw my husband on the roof of the rv doing some AC repair, informing us which tv channels to expect from the area (did I mention cable TV? Yep..they got that too.) They also told us a couple of lovely local spots for lunch and dessert. CAMPGROUND REVIEW **** The one thing that took a star away from this beautiful park is the layout of the campground. It is a gorgeous campground but has several sites that were not functional for our rig (39 ft. Class A Motor Home). These sites were terraced with stone walls that once our slides were out would not allow access to our outdoor storage due to the fact that you could not open the storage compartment doors. We were told that all sites would accommodate our rig. This was not the case. However, we found a very nice site on the outer rim of the campground that we liked much that we are still here! :-) The only other negative in this campground for us was that our neighbors picnic area and ours were so close there was no feeling of privacy. All the sites are paved (this reviewer didn't use the primitive campground so this part of the review doesn't include that area) All sites have 30 & 50 amp service, water, hookup and cable. Very clean bathrooms and drinking water fountains. The campground also has a keyed gate for security.
  • Fantastic park with good amenities. The facilities are well-maintained. The camping site was very good and easy to access with beautiful view of the lake from atop (site #11). The beach was nearby with good tails running all around the lake.
  • Nice clean park. Very close to Gainesville. The Rv parking is not close to the swimming area. Camp hosts were great though
  • Don Carter is a hidden jewel of Georgia state parks. It is very well maintained and it's not well known. The park was established in 2002 which, in the world of parks, is pretty new. Beat of all the park offers; fishing, hiking, canping, kayaking and more.
  • We had a wonderful stay at Don Carter. We were impressed with all the sites, most were very spacious. All the employees were just the best, especially Scott who was really helpful with everything asked.
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