#27 of 64 state parks in Georgia

Best trails in Don Carter State Park

198 Reviews
Looking for a great trail in Don Carter State Park, Georgia? AllTrails has 8 great hiking trails, dogs leash trails, views trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Just looking to take a quick stroll? We've got 5 easy trails in Don Carter State Park ranging from 1 to 6.1 miles and from 1,112 to 1,240 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
Description
Don Carter is situated on the north end of the Lake Lanier. The park offers outstanding recreation for water lovers. Visitors to this beautiful park can enjoy camping, swimming and other activities, while a multi-use trail welcomes hikers and bikers to explore the hardwood forest.
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Map of trails in Don Carter State Park
Park information
Acreage:
1316 acres
Park hours
Monday
7:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
7:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
7:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
7:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
7:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
7:00 am - 10:00 pm
Sunday
7:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Top trails (8)
#1 - Don Carter Hiking Trail Loop
Don Carter State Park
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Length: 5.5 mi • Est. 2 h 38 m
This loop follows the green, yellow, white, and pink blazed trails.Show more
#2 - Woodland Loop
Don Carter State Park
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Length: 1 mi • Est. 27 m
Woodland Loop is a 1 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Cornelia, Georgia that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activShow more
#3 - Dog Creek Inner and Outer Loop
Don Carter State Park
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Length: 6.1 mi • Est. 2 h 55 m
The Dog Creek Trail at Don Carter is part of the equestrian trail system but the system is also open to foot traffic. The loop has a few steep climbs. There are three or four spots where a bridge crosShow more
#4 - Overlook Trail to Terrapin Cove Trail
Don Carter State Park
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Length: 0.2 mi • Est. 6 m
Overlook trail starts from the ranger station parking lot and features three swings. The trail is paved and connects to another trail. No Bikes Allowed.Show more
#5 - Terrapin Cove Trail
Don Carter State Park
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Length: 1.6 mi • Est. 42 m
Terrapin Cove trailShow more
#6 - Huckleberry Trail
Don Carter State Park
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Length: 1.4 mi • Est. 39 m
Huckleberry Trail is a 1.4 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Lula, Georgia that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, natShow more
#7 - Don Carter Lakeview Trail
Don Carter State Park
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Length: 0.4 mi • Est. 11 m
This is a nice paved loop that connects to Woodland Loop and one other trail. There is a steep grade and not recommended to go down with a wheelchair, but you can go up instead in the other direction.Show more
#8 - Don Carter State Park to Clarks Bridge
Don Carter State Park
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Length: 10.9 mi
Put in at the upper Boat Ramp at the new Don Carter State park.  Paddle down to the boat ramp at Clarks Bridge.  Take out and take a break and then head back.Show more