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“Beautiful Gardens”

Fred Hamilton Gardens
Ranked #7 of 23 things to do in Hiawassee
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Owner description: 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.
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.

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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 or lunch at the local restaurants. Not crowded, peaceful, nice views, theire are still nice things to see. There was a cute Donation box, layered tiers of rows that you can park for free on and either walk up of take the steps. It is a public botanical garden where there are more than 400 different rhododendrons. Other plants include dogwood, local azaleas, wild flowers, and trillium to name a few. I would certainly consider going here again in the spring when it is in full bloom.

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 of a destination than it was.

1  Thank mikki777
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Reviewed 5 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, Hamilton Gardens at Lake Chatuge, you may walk the serene trails, slopes and shorelines to view the Rhododendrum's, Mountain Laurels, and many other plants, shrubs and flowers of the mountain variety. Entry points are located at the Paris Pavilion at the top of the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds parking lot and also via boat at the Lake Chatuge shoreline.

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Reviewed 24 July 2017

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

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