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This park is a tribute to the local poultry                                                   Don Carter State Park                                                                       CULTURE & LEISURE
industry that earned the city the title of
“Poultry Capital of the World.” West Academy   Lanier’s first state park. On the north end       Parks & Recreation
at Jesse Jewell Parkway, Gainesville.          of the lake with 10.4 miles of shoreline, the
	 While Gainesville and Hall County have       park offers outstanding recreation for water   	 The Gainesville Parks & Recreation
more than their share of natural treasures,    lovers. Guests can stay cool at a large, sand  Agency provides award-winning programs
nothing in the area compares to Lake           swimming beach with bath house. Boat           for residents and visitors of all ages and
Sidney Lanier and Lanier Islands. This 1,500-  ramps provide quick access to the lake,        interests. From pee wee, youth, and adult
acre resort offers endless family fun with     while a paved, multi-use trail welcomes        athletics, summer camps, exercise and
water sports and other outdoor activities in   hikers and mountain bikers. There are also     wellness programs, to instructional classes
an environment that is beyond compare. 	       picnic shelters and a children’s playground.   and special events, Gainesville Parks &
	 One of the most popular amenities at         	 Eight two-bedroom cabins are perched         Recreation offers something for everyone.
Lanier Islands is LanierWorld, a beachside     on wooded hillsides near the lake. One         	 One of only10 nationally accredited
entertainment venue complete with its own      campground is designed specifically for        parks and recreation agencies in the state
beach, water slides, Georgia’s largest wave    RVs, while another primitive camping area      of Georgia and one of only 144 in the
pool, beachside restaurants, Boardwalk         is just for tents and hammocks. 5000 North     nation, Gainesville Parks & Recreation
entertainment, and live music. They also       Browning Bridge Road, Gainesville, GA 30506,   maintains more than 454 acres of land,
host Magical Nights of Lights and Winter       678-450-7726.       22 parks, 20 athletic fields, 15 tennis courts,
Adventure, two popular winter events           	 Within minutes of Gainesville and Hall       12 playgrounds, the Gainesville Civic Center,
great for the whole family. Magical Nights     County, other Georgia State Parks offer        Frances Meadows Aquatic and Community
of Lights boasts miles of holiday lights and   natural beauty and outdoor activities          Center, Martha Hope Cabin, Fair Street
the Holiday Village with holiday shopping      galore. Amicalola Falls, with its stunning     Neighborhood Center, and Lanier Point
and Santa Claus. LanierWorld is turned into    720-foot waterfall, and Black Rock             Athletic Complex, and assists with the
Winter Adventure in the winter, with many      Mountain, with its panoramic vistas and        operation of Allen Creek Soccer Complex
rides and slides, large snow play areas,       the legendary Appalachian Mountains of         and the maintenance of the Lake Lanier
and more.                                      North Georgia, surround Hall County with       Olympic Park, the rowing, canoe, and kayak
	 The Lanier Islands resort also offers a      unimaginable splendor and unlimited            venue for the 1996 Olympic Games.
variety of restaurants, including BullFrogs    recreational opportunities.                    830 Green Street NE, Gainesville, GA 30501,
Bar & Grille, Sidney’s Restaurant, Windows
Restaurant, Sunset Cove Beach Café and                                                        770-531-2680.
Club, and a Boardwalk district with five
additional dining options. There’s always
plenty to do and choose from at the Islands,
including horseback riding, boating,
fishing, camping, zip lining, and spa
treatments. Play golf? The beautiful Legacy
on Lanier Golf Club boasts 12 scenic holes
overlooking the water of Lake Sidney Lanier.
For overnight accommodations, enjoy the
well-appointed guest rooms of the Legacy
Lodge and Conference Center or stay at
one of the lakeside villas or lakehouses.
7000 Lanier Islands Parkway, Lake Lanier
Islands, GA 30518, 770-945-8787.
	 Hall County’s latest pride and joy is
1,316-acre Don Carter State Park, one
of Georgia’s newest state parks and the
first state park on Lake Lanier. The park
is named for local real-estate executive
Don Carter who served on the Georgia
Department of Natural Resources board
for 29 years and worked to establish Lake

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