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Fred Hamilton Gardens

1311 Music Hall Road, Hiawassee, GA 30546
+1 706-896-4191
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This was kind of disappointing

I was expecting more out of this place. It happened to be free and voluntary donations when we... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Woodstock, Georgia
Best Old Growth Rhododendron Gardens east of the Mississippi

Originally obtained and planted by Fred Hamilton in the 1960s, who left his legacy and foresight to... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Hiawassee, 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.
  • Excellent59%
  • Very good28%
  • Average9%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible0%
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“lake chatuge” (11 reviews)
1311 Music Hall Road, Hiawassee, GA 30546
+1 706-896-4191
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Reviewed 1 week ago

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 2 weeks ago 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 11 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
Reviewed 29 May 2017

A beautiful walk in a beautiful garden. There were still some azaleas and rhododendrons blooming. It must have been amazing a few weeks prior to our stay there. You can walk as little or as much as you want. We spoke to one of the...More

Thank Joan A
Reviewed 23 May 2017

The Gardens are free. They have a wonderful gas cart for handicap people for $5 each, which we gladly paid since mother needed assistance. The rhododendron were at the tail end of blooming . Some had died due to the drought other due to a...More

Thank 406Picky
Reviewed 17 May 2017

We were in Hiawassee for about a month and were looking for a place to take a walk, we were recommended to go to the Hamilton Gardens. What a beautiful walk! The flowers were blooming and the views were spectacular. Thea walk around the garden...More

Thank sarvapriya
Reviewed 14 April 2017

My husband and I visited on a lovely spring day. Beautiful views of the surrounding mountains as well as Lake Chatuge. Dogwoods and azaleas were blooming. There was one rhododendron blooming but lots of rhododendron bushes and many had buds. Plenty of benches to sit...More

Thank Norma W
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