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      New state park set to open July 15th

      Need a new place to cool off this summer? Georgia State Parks officials have announced that Don Carter State Park is set to open July 15.
      / Georgia State Parks


      Need a new place to cool off this summer? Georgia State Park officials have announced that Don Carter State Park is set to open July 15.

      Officials say that this will be Georgia's first state park on the 38,000-acre reservoir. The park will feature camping, boat ramps, fishing, picnicking, playgrounds, hiking and a large swimming beach.

      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.

      Costs will be minimal for park usage with parking priced at $5 and most day-use activities being free. Campsites range from $15 to $29, and cabins will be $110 to $160 while Covered picnic shelters rent for $45 and are perfect for family reunions, birthday parties and casual receptions.

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