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Hamilton Gardens at Lake Chatuge

96 Pavillion Rd, Hiawassee, GA 30546-2197
+1 706-970-0011
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Beautiful and extensive collection of rhododendrons hidden away

This is a garden you won't find unless you're looking for it, worth the trip from Atlanta, esp. May.

Reviewed 1 week ago
Mark H
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Marietta, Georgia
Beautiful Place

It's amazing that this place is a beautiful as it is as it is maintained by volunteer's only. They... read more

Reviewed 7 May 2018
Chris F
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Blue Ridge, Georgia
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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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96 Pavillion Rd, Hiawassee, GA 30546-2197
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a garden you won't find unless you're looking for it, worth the trip from Atlanta, esp. May.

Thank Mark H
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Reviewed 7 May 2018

It's amazing that this place is a beautiful as it is as it is maintained by volunteer's only. They do a fabulous job. It you can make it in the end of April - first week in May you'll be very glad you did. The...More

1  Thank Chris F
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Reviewed 7 May 2018

There's not much more that I can say that other reviewers haven't already said. It's a lovely walk, easy trail and gorgeous flowers! My favorite is the Flame Azalea. The bees were buzzing in the flowers and I was able to catch some close up...More

1  Thank CoffeeMates
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Reviewed 6 May 2018

We toured the gardens at peak bloom time ( 1st week of May). The Rhodies, Trillums and native azaleas were just stunning. Beautiful setting that slopes down to the lake. The pathways are easy and mulched. Benches are scattered along the walkway if you want...More

2  Thank 34raines
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Reviewed 10 January 2018

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.

1  Thank northwoodspatriot
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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 AfishnamedArthur
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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
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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

2  Thank MariefromGeorgia
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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

1  Thank mikki777
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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

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