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Address: 1311 Music Hall Road, Hiawassee, GA 30546
Phone Number: +1 706-896-4191
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Quietly tucked away in the North Georgia mountains, sits a rare and special...

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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Even nice in the Fall

We enjoyed a walk through this garden on an overcast day. Many plants had identification stakes. Memorial benches along the pathways. Fall colors are at their finest. Well worth... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed November 3, 2015
redbird02
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Melrose, Florida
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Melrose, Florida
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70 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2015 via mobile

We enjoyed a walk through this garden on an overcast day. Many plants had identification stakes. Memorial benches along the pathways. Fall colors are at their finest. Well worth the time to stop by and enjoy a quiet walk.

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Hiawassee
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123 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2015

Do this in the spring. A huge number of older azaleas and rhododendrons. Some trails are a little steep but there are benches to stop and take a break. Absolutely beautiful when the azaleas are in bloom. Many of the plants are nearly 100 years old and most are identified as to type.

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Thank Joe R
FLORIDA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015

Visit during the time flowers are blooming. Well landscaped and easy access. Near lake with lots of plants to view but definitely a rhododendron garden.

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Hiawassee, Georgia
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13 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015

This place is all about rhododendrons. I'm sure it's heavenly when they are in bloom. Unfortunately we went in late July, too late to see the splendor. So my tip is find out when rhododendrons bloom in NE Georgia and go then... I'll try next year and update this review.

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Thank WhiteX4
Birmingham, Alabama
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31 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

A lovely walk through the woods anytime, but it is gorgeous if you go in the Spring when all the azaleas and rhododendrons are blooming.

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Thank PatnAL
Atlanta, Georgia
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

The gardens have been allowed to deteriorate but it is shady, numerous benches, nice view of lake and can even walk all the way to the lake(a rather steep walk back up the hill). Great place to just sit back, relax or even bring lunch/dinner. We dropped by one Sunday afternoon in June around 6:00 and we were the only... More 

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Thank GAPeach P
Hiawassee, Georgia
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10 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

When the gardens are in bloom they are beautiful. It's a great place to take a walk in the shaded garden and enjoy the wonderful views

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Atlanta, Georgia
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99 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015

Lovely spot, but seems to have deteriorated. Could be a great spot Has overgrown and looks like not much care of the gardens have taken place for a while Just glad there was no cover charge

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Thank Rue14
Athens, Georgia
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11 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015

This is a quiet garden, nothing spectacular (unless the azaleas and rhododendrons are in bloom), but it has several pleasant walks some shorter and some longer - one with a lake view, and it is very peaceful, especially in the evening.

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st pete, fl
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43 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

This is an easy walk (just over a mile if you add the additional loops) along a mountainside above a beautiful mountain lake, through a collection of rhododendrons, azaleas and other blooming plants and trees. Very well labeled, and in some months rhododendrons and other plants are sold by charities in town. The path is mulched, and there is a... More 

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