Hamilton Rhododendron Gardens


96 Pavilion Rd.
Hiawassee GA 30546


  • Per Person: $5.00
  • Per Family: $10.00

Hours of Operation

  • Monday : 8:00am - 7:00pm
  • Tuesday : 8:00am - 7:00pm
  • Wednesday : 8:00am - 7:00pm
  • Thursday : 8:00am - 7:00pm
  • Friday : 8:00am - 7:00pm
  • Saturday : 8:00am - 7:00pm
  • Sunday : 8:00am - 7:00pm


Gardens overlooking Lake Chatuge
Azalea in bloom during Rhododendron Festival
Rhododendron Blooming during the Spring at Overlook/Water Wheel
Main trail during the Spring
Rhododendron at the Overlook/Water Wheel
Rhododendron in Bloom in Garden
A Blooming Affair at Hamilton Gardens - Mid April to Mid May

Quietly tucked away in the North Georgia Mountains, sits a rare and special treasure. A botanical paradise fairly bursting with dogwoods, native azaleas, rare forest perennials, trillium, ferns and, of course, rhododendron! There are over 400 varieties of rhododendron – 3,000 plants in all. Welcome to the Hamilton Rhododendron Gardens, a truly enchanted spot, boasting the largest collection of rhododendron and native azalea in the Southeastern United States.

Over 30 acres of secluded woodlands includes 1 and 2 mile, easy to hike, trail loops. Stroll tranquil pine bark trails as they wind through lush foliage. Drink in the stunning views of Lake Chatuge and breathtaking countryside. You will find the majestic rise of Brasstown Bald, Georgia's highest peak, perched along the Blue Ridge Mountain range overlooking Hamilton Gardens.

The Gardens provide an excellent venue to display, inform, as well as simply enjoy the natural beauty of Mr. Hamilton's rare collection. Our purpose is to educate the public on native species and varieties of rhododendron, encouraging them to enjoy and learn more about the botanical wonders of this Southern Appalachian Range.

Hamilton Rhododendron Gardens are located at Music Hall Road at the top of the Georgia Mountain Fair parking lot at 96 Pavillion Road, Hiawassee, Ga.
Open 7 days per week, Sunrise to Sunset.

Open 8am until dusk. No pets allowed.

Facility Amenities
  • Free Parking
  • Party Facilities
  • Picnic Area
  • Picnic Shelter
  • Public Restrooms
  • Self-guided Tours
  • Maps & Brochures Available
Near Interstate Highway
  • 400
  • 575
  • 75
Suitable for Ages
  • All Ages
Group Amenities
  • Group-Friendly
General Information
  • Family-Friendly
  • Free Admission
  • Partially Accessible
  • Open Year 'Round
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