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Fred Hamilton Gardens

1311 Music Hall Road, Hiawassee, GA 30546
+1 706-896-4191
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Lovely place to visit

The azaleas are breath taking and the walk through the park is joyful. Benches add to the joy of... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Murphy, North Carolina
Peaceful, beautiful place

Hamilton gardens is a very nice place to visit especially when the rhododendrons and azalea bushes... read more

Reviewed 25 November 2017
Champaign-Urbana, Illinois
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Quietly tucked away in the North Georgia mountains, sits a rare and special treasure. A botanical paradise fairly bursting with dogwoods, tulip magnolias, native azaleas, wild flowers, trillium, and of course, rhododendron. There are over 400 varieties of rhododendron - 3,000 plants in all. Welcome to the Hamilton Gardens, a truly enchanted spot, boasting the largest collection of rhododendron in the state of Georgia. Stroll tranquil pine bark trails as they wind through lush foliage. Drink in the stunning views of Lake Chatuge and breathtaking countryside, including the majestic rise of Brasstown Bald, Georgia's highest peak.
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  • Very good28%
  • Average8%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible0%
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“donation box” (5 reviews)
“lake chatuge” (11 reviews)
1311 Music Hall Road, Hiawassee, GA 30546
1311 Music Hall Road, Hiawassee, GA 30546
+1 706-896-4191
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The azaleas are breath taking and the walk through the park is joyful. Benches add to the joy of this wonderful park. There is a pavilion for family picnics and plenty of good parking.

Thank northwoodspatriot
Reviewed 25 November 2017 via mobile

Hamilton gardens is a very nice place to visit especially when the rhododendrons and azalea bushes are blooming. There is a very nice, short nature walk. Donations for continued beautification are always welcome.

Thank Arthurfisk
Reviewed 17 November 2017

Wife and I like to visit here and walk through the gardens. Well maintained and the trails are easy to navigate. If you enjoy a beautiful place to walk, this is it.

Thank JimfromGA
Reviewed 31 October 2017

This little beauty was on the way to my Lodge room where I spent two blissful nights. It is located on the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds. Of course in October not much is in bloom. Don't let that stop you from walking off a big breakfast...More

1  Thank MariefromGeorgia
Reviewed 16 October 2017

I was expecting more out of this place. It happened to be free and voluntary donations when we went. But it would never have been worth $5 a person. It's pretty but small. We enjoyed the loop for a few minutes, but I was expecting...More

Thank mikki777
Reviewed 4 October 2017 via mobile

Originally obtained and planted by Fred Hamilton in the 1960s, who left his legacy and foresight to the pleasure of all who visit these beautiful gardens in such a beautiful setting on Lake Chatuge in Hiawassee,GA. Now owned and maintained by a nonprofit charitable organization,...More

Thank GolfTango61
Reviewed 24 July 2017

mostly Mtn. Laurel and Rhododendrons. nice clean path though and you can walk to lake chatuge from the path, free

Thank docsnow05
Reviewed 12 July 2017 via mobile

We must have went at the wrong time of year bc there weren't too many flowers inside the garden. There was a lot of greenery and seemed to be the same greenery over and over. The lake path was closed off so we couldn't take...More

1  Thank buckeyefamilyof4
Reviewed 10 July 2017 via mobile

These garden jave been lovingly restored to their former glory. They have a stunning assortment of azaleas and rhodadendrums in April and May. Situated on the slopes overlooking Lake Chatuge, they are a peaceful and lovely stroll anytime. There is no charge but a donation...More

Thank jeannejak
Reviewed 11 June 2017 via mobile

I wish there was a way to know it was closed! I drove 30 minutes and was planning to have a pretty and relaxing walk with my dog. There ended up being a concert and the only way to enter the gardens was to pay...More

Thank KC14926
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