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Aerial View Don Carter State Park

Aerial View Don Carter State Park

Lake Lanier fans can look forward to a new place to play this summer when Don Carter State Park opens July 15.  Georgia’s first state park on the 38,000-acre reservoir will feature camping, boat ramps, fishing, picnicking, playgrounds, hiking and a large swimming beach.  Parking is $5 and most day-use activities are free.

Situated on the north end of the reservoir, the 1,316-acre park offers access to a quiet section of the normally busy lake. Swimmers will enjoy the large beach with sloped lawn and bath house.  New boat ramps provide quick access to the lake, and anglers can prepare their catch at a fish-cleaning station.  A 1.5-mile paved trail welcomes hikers, bikers and strollers to explore surrounding hardwoods, while a two-mile trail can be explored on foot.

Don Carter State Park offers overnight getaways as well.  A modern campground with hot showers accommodates RVs, while another camping area is reserved just for tents and hammocks.  Although the park will soon accept reservations, campsites will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis during the first few weeks of opening.

Those who prefer a soft bed over a sleeping bag can look forward to the eight rental cabins, opening later this summer.  The two-bedroom cabins are perched on wooded hillsides near the lake, with rocking-chair porches and fully equipped kitchens.

Don Carter State Park offers a bargain getaway on Lake Lanier, said Kim Hatcher, with Georgia State Parks. Visitors pay $5 for parking, and most activities – including swimming – are free.  Campsites range from $15 to $29, and cabins will be $110 to $160.  Leashed dogs are welcome on trails and in the campground, but not in the visitor center and most cabins.  Covered picnic shelters rent for $45 and are perfect for family reunions, birthday parties and casual receptions.

Georgia’s newest state park is named in honor of Don Carter, the longest serving member (29 years) of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources board.

Although the park officially opens July 15, the state will host a grand opening ceremony later this fall.

For more information, visit GeorgiaStateParks.org/doncarter or call 678.450.7726 after July 15.

 

This week’s National Park Getaway comes ranger-recommended by a 10-year veteran of the National Park Service who sees Missouri National Recreational River as one of America’s greatest waterways.

Missouri National Recreational River protects 98 miles of relatively natural, free-flowing river in South Dakota and Nebraska and portions of two tributaries – 20 miles of the lower Niobrara River and eight miles of Verdigre Creek. The two sections of the mighty Missouri that Congress designated as Wild and Scenic flow fast and wide through sandstone and chalk bluffs where willows and cottonwoods, black oak and walnut trees flourish. Wildlife is abundant. Bald eagles, piping plovers and least terns are among those often seen along this significant flyway for migratory birds.

Visitors can find outstanding conditions for paddling, hiking, camping and fishing. In summer, ranger programs focus on the natural world, recreational opportunities and the historical connections of Plains Indian tribes, Lewis and Clark and steamboat captains such as Grant Marsh.

Paddlers can float downstream along the Wild and Scenic River portions of the “Big Muddy” starting from the Fort Randall or Gavins Point dams. Start your journey by reading this week’s National Park Getaway article at www.nps.gov/getaways.

WALSENBURG, CO. – Kick-off your spring activities with a camping trip to Lathrop State Park. Camping season will open on Thursday, March 15, on a walk-in basis. Camping reservations are accepted for May 11 through Sept. 15. For these dates, you can make reservations for your favorite campsite by going online to www.parks.state.co.us, or calling 1-800-678-2267 or, within the Denver Metro area, calling (303) 470-1144.

Lathrop State Park, Colorado’s first State Park, celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2012, and will have special celebration activities on June 9, exactly 50 years from the date of its original dedication.  Lathrop State Park lies on a high plains grassland dotted with pinon and juniper and the majestic beauty of the Spanish Peaks. Lathrop is a popular place to enjoy summer boating, fishing, swimming, camping and hiking.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife gets everyone outdoors! Attracting more than 12 million visitors per year, Colorado’s 42 State Parks are a vital cornerstone of Colorado’s economy and quality of life. Colorado State Parks encompass 224,447 land and water acres, offering some of the best outdoor recreation destinations in the state. Colorado Parks and Wildlife is a leader in providing opportunities for outdoor recreation, protecting the state’s favorite landscapes, teaching generations about nature and partnering with communities. Colorado State Parks also manage more than 4,300 campsites, and 63 cabins and yurts. For more information on Colorado State Parks or to purchase an annual pass online, visit www.parks.state.co.us.

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