Located only about an hour outside of Atlanta in Gainesville, GA is Don Carter State Park. The distance is ideal for those who want to get away from the city for some fresh air and outdoor activities. The park is located at the intersection of the Chattahoochee River and Lake Lanier, making it perfect for views and exploring. Don Carter offers a variety of activities for visitors including, but not limited to, hiking, camping, boating, fishing, swimming, picnicking, playgrounds, and other water activities. When we visited Don Carter, we spent a couple hours hiking. The trails were decently maintained and were a constant up and down along the side of the lake. We found the hike to be relaxing, but still a nice workout. Don Carter’s location and activities make it great for those who want a break from the city and who wish to explore nature.