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Don Carter Hiking Trails

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Don Carter State Park
Date(s) & Time:Sat, Aug 14 2021  8:30 am >> Sat, Aug 14 2021 1:30 pm
Registration Opens: Mon, Aug 9 2021 7:00 pm
Registration Cut Off: Fri, Aug 13 2021 11:59 pm
Event Duration:5 Hours
Difficulty Rating:D3: Moderate
Distance:8 Miles
Trip Leader(s):
Joseph Wang
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Member Cost:None

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 21 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:10
Minimum Group Size:3
Number Registered So Far: 5 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: No


Don Carter is Georgia’s newest state park, as well as the first state park on 38,000 acre Lake Lanier. Situated on the north end of the reservoir, the park offers outstanding recreation for water lovers. The park is named in honor of real-estate executive Don Carter who served on the Georgia Department of Natural Resources board for 29 years and worked to establish Lake Lanier’s first state park.

We'll meet at the Visitor's Center and follow 6 of Don Carter's hiking trails (Green, Yellow, Pink, White, Blue, and Gray) for an overall total hike of a little over 8 miles and 610 feet of elevation. These trails are lightly trafficked loops that feature various views of Lake Lanier. 

We'll stop in a good place around lunch time for a lakeside lunch/snack. 

Entrance to the State Parks is $5 per vehicle. pdf/trailmaps/DonCarter_TrailMap_2018web.pdf

Required Items to Bring:

Apppriate clothing for weather

Water (1-2 Liters)


Bug Spray

Sturdy Hiking Shoes

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How to Get There:
Event Directions:

Don Carter State Park

5000 N Browning Bridge Rd

Gainesville, GA 30506

We'll meet at the Visitor's Center and proceed to the trails from there. 

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