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Georgia's Don Carter State Park, the first on Lake Lanier

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Explorers in Georgia have a brand-new frontier to discover this week. Now that Don Carter State Park, named after long-time friend to Georgia's parks, on Lake Lanier is officially open to the public.

It's the newest addition to the state's already impressive array of state parks. And, Don Carter boasts some important features that set it apart from all of the other parks.

For one, Don Carter is 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. Guests can stay cool at a large, sand swimming beach with bath house.

Boat ramps provide quick access to the lake, while a paved, multi-use trail welcome hikers and bikers to explore the hardwood forest.

This new park offers several choices for overnight getaways as well. Two-bedroom cabins will open soon and are perched on wooded hillsides near the lake. One campground is designed specifically for RVs, while another primitive camping area is just for tents and hammocks.

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.

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