Don Carter State Park

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There is a little controversy whether this park is actually by Lake Lanier or by the Chattahoochee River, but it doesn’t really matter. It’s near water, and lots of it. Kayaks, paddleboards, and water cycles are available for rental. There is a nicely manicured beachfront close enough to hike to from the RV sites, but driving is better if you have a lot of picnic items to haul. We loved getting on the water and exploring with their rentals.

I loved our site. It was #10. Great for privacy and plenty of space. We got a lot of rain the week we stayed so parts of our paved, pull-thru site became a mini-mud pond. Still, our views were great. Site #7 had better drainage and was more private. Most sites tend to be pretty close and don’t have water views. Also, there’s not quite enough room for a camper and a tent at most sites.

The park is very hilly, so bring good walking shoes (and even a walking stick) if you want to get out on the trails or simply walk to the restrooms. The sites and facilities were all very clean and the staff was friendly. All the sites I saw had grey water hookups. They are doing a great job with recycling and water conservation. They might have taken it too far with the inserts in the back of the toilets. There is simply too little water when you need it, if you get my drift. LOL So, there’s a lot more flushing, and waiting for refilling, and flushing, etc. going on.

Biking here is interesting. You really should have a bike with gears and be a strong rider around this campground because of the hills. Not all of the trails allow bikes so just find out before you ride. We took our bikes to the trail by the primitive campsites. It was a little confusing to follow, but we figured it out. Make sure your brakes are good before you go. That area has a nice fishing pier and a place to put kayaks in the water. It even had a fish cleaning station. Nice touches like these are all over the park.

We discovered that The Market on Limestone has an incredible salad bar inside with plenty of seating. It was full of fresh choices. We enjoyed lunch there.  Wish we had one of these grocery stores near us!

Our absolute favorite excursion while staying here (and that we went to several times) was the closeby Mountain Fresh Creamery. They do a wonderful job producing quality dairy with a smile. They have tours of their farm, too. The chocolate milk was divine, as was the ice cream. They have cute souvenirs for sale, too.

For the kid in you, consider driving on over to Babyland General to see where the Cabbage Patch Kids come from. It’s adorable. You check in with an LPN (“Licensed Patch Nurse”) before perusing around. We saw a cabbage patch baby being delivered. LOL I enjoyed looking at all the signed pictures of actors and performers who either visited Babyland, had their own Cabbage Patch Kid, or had met manufacturer Xavier Roberts.

We were able to get a good signal on our Verizon phones. The cable tv hookup worked fine the few times we tried it. It was a bonus to have an actual grey water hook up at the site. The dump station was clean and easy to use. I would like to come back someday, but I really wish all of their sites were as nice as this one and site #7.


5000 N Browning Bridge Rd.
Gainesville, Georgia 30506
Phone: (678) 450-7726
Visit Campground Website
Sites: 44 RV and 12 Primitive
Recent Rate: $30

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Author: Manatina

Mark and Tina are both US Army veterans who feel blessed to have served and to have seen so much of the world. Mark works as the Director of Military Outreach at a university. He also drives and maintains the camper. Tina is a retired homeschool teacher, does leatherworking, and writes/maintains the website.

They unwind and live in the 150 square feet of their travel trailer as often as possible with side kick Hero (Lhasa Apso mix rescue). Their grown kids tent camp nearby when college and career schedules permit. Being close to nature rejuvenates the family and lends time to focus on what matters most. They’re thankful to God for all of the blessings and opportunities.

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