Don Carter State Park is over 1,000 acres of prime land located north of the Olympic rowing venue in Hall County. This land was originally owned by Sanford Orkin whose family owned Orkin Pest Control. The Orkin family decided to sell the property that they originally planned to develop after many protests from the public stopped their development. In 2009 Governor Perdue set aside 14 million dollars in the budget for development for a park on this property. Mr. Don Carter was instrumental in pushing for the county to make the winning bid in purchasing the land so fittingly when the time came to name the impending park Don Carter State Park was picked to the surprise of the man himself.
In 2010 it was announced that despite the economy construction would start as planned on the park in 2011. The plans call for hiking, camping, boats ramps and even cottages that will be used to produce income for the park eventually, like those at other north Georgia State Parks. With two miles of Lake Frontage on the Chattahoochee River portion of Lake Lanier, Don Carter State Park should be a fine addition for hiking and camping enthusiasts alike.
In late 2011, Premier Building Systems, Inc. was proud to be asked to be a part of the construction plans at Don Carter State Park. Early this year Premier Construction Systems, Inc. was responsible for the full turn-key on the 36X80X17 steel building and the 20X60X12 roof only construction building. Construction was just finished on both really versatile and good looking metal buildings that should be beneficial to the operations of Don Carter State Park for years to come.