Northeast Georgia Mountains / Hiawassee

Hamilton Gardens at Lake Chatuge

1311 Music Hall Rd.
Hiawassee, GA 30546

  • Bonnie Day Arbor bridge during Rhododendron Festival

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  • Rhododendron Festival Bloom in Garden

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  • Gardens overlooking Lake Chatuge

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  • Main trail during Rhododendron Festival

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  • Rhododendron Festival Bloom in mid-April

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  • Garden Retail Greenhouse - open to the public

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  • Azalea in bloom during Rhododendron Festival

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  • Rhododendron Festival Poster Overlook/Water Wheel

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  • Memorial Garden in bloom during Rhododendron Festival

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  • Rhododendron Blooming during Festival at Overlook/Water Wheel

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Hamilton Gardens are a botanical paradise fairly bursting with dogwood, native azaleas, wild flowers, trillium, and more than 400 varieties of rhododendron – 3,000 plants in all. Welcome to the Hamilton Gardens, a truly enchanted spot, boasting the largest collection of rhododendrons in the state of Georgia.

Stoll tranquil pine bark trails that wind through lush foliage. Drink in the stunning views of Lake Chatuge and the majestic rise of Brasstown Bald, Georgia's highest peak.

The gardens are open year-round, but peak viewing season usually occurs early April through late May. The Hamilton Gardens Greenhouse and Garden Shop opens to the public the first day of the Rhododendron Festival, April 19. Plant enthusiasts will find a selection of rhododendrons, azaleas and other plants available for purchase at the gardens retail shop. All of the proceeds help with garden maintenance, which is performed by volunteers.

Gardens are open 9am - 3 pm daily during the bloom season. Guided walking tours and shuttle tours are also available by appointment for a slightly higher fee of $5 per person.

Info & Amenities

  • Hours of Operation

    Sunday: 8:00AM - 5:00PM
    Monday: 8:00AM - 5:00PM
    Tuesday: 8:00AM - 5:00PM
    Wednesday: 8:00AM - 5:00PM
    Thursday: 8:00AM - 5:00PM
    Friday: 8:00AM - 5:00PM
    Saturday: 8:00AM - 5:00PM

    Admission & Fees

    Admission Fee $3


    Nature Trails

    Facility Amenities

    Free Parking, Guided Tours / Guide Available, Maps & Brochures Available, Meeting Facilities, Parking on Site, Party Facilities, Picnic Area, Picnic Shelter, Public Restrooms, Self-guided Tours

    General Information

    Family-friendly, Free Admission , Handicapped Accessible (Limited) , Open Year 'Round

    Group Amenities

    Group-friendly, Motorcoach-friendly

    Near Interstate Highway

    400, 575, 75

    Suitable for Ages

    All Ages