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GO: Don Carter State Park + Twilight Lake Lanier Paddle!

Georgia’s newest state park, Don Carter State Park is located on Lake Lanier. The park is named for real-estate executive Don Carter who served on the Georgia Department of Natural Resources board for 29 years.

Lake Lanier is named for American poet, Sidney Lanier. The states of Georgia, Alabama, and Florida all have rights to the water of the reservoir. Every year from mid-November through January, the Lake Lanier Islands are decorated with over 6 miles of Christmas lights and is one of the world’s largest light shows!

Lake Lanier

Lake Lanier

A haven for water lovers, the park offers excellent recreational facilities. Visitors have access to the sand swimming beach with bath house, and hikers and bikers can use a multi-use trail to explore the forest.

On Friday, September 23, the park is hosting a ranger-led sunset outing. Look for wading birds and raptors, and learn all about them! Register in advance and remember to bring water and a flashlight!

Things to do:

Kayaking, Stand-Up Paddleboarding, Aquacycling

For more information on Don Carter State Park, head here!

To know more about the Twilight Lake Lanier Paddle, click here!