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Fred Hamilton Gardens

Address: 1311 Music Hall Road, Hiawassee, GA 30546
Phone Number: +1 706-896-4191
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Ranked #6 of 8 Attractions in Hiawassee
Type: Gardens, Outdoors
Owner description: Quietly tucked away in the North Georgia mountains, sits a rare and special treasure. A botanical...
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Type: Gardens, Outdoors
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.

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Melbourne, Florida
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36 reviews 36 reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

This quiet park is an excellent place for a walk. It provides a peaceful atmosphere with well maintained paths. The main trail has a few gentle inclines, but there are plenty of benches if you need to relax. We visited in the summer but plan on coming back one year in the spring when the azaleas and laurel are in... More 

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maitland, florida
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126 attraction reviews
231 helpful votes 231 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

I took my mom and dad here during a light rain. It was so peaceful and beautiful even in the rain. The paths wind and curve on a loop trail back to the parking lot. The park overlook a lake where you can picnic or fish. This is a super place to take a date this will make a great... More 

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Blairsville, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2014

These gardens are breathtaking especially during the festival. I have some awesome pictures of the azaleas and rhododendrons. Certainly worth the effort. Its an easy, casual stroll with Lake Chatuge in the background.

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Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2014

Go in the spring to see the rhododendrons, 20' tall and full of blooms. Hamilton Gardens is on the side of a mountain sloping down to Lake Chatuge! What a setting!

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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2014

Beautiful Azalea and Rhododendron gardens are on the lake adjacent to the North Georgia Mountain Fairground. Only about two hours from Atlanta. Short side trip from Highlands, Clayton, Lake Burton and Brasstown Bald. We were there before Mother's Day weekend and the rhododendrons were just beginning to bloom. Worth the visit.

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Blairsville, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2014

A beautiful and rare collection of Rhododendrums! I visited this Garden many years ago when I first discovered the No. Ga Mtns. Now, I lived in the area and I,not only, visit but have the honor to help care for it as a volunteer. I am always truly amazed by it's beauty!

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Hiawassee, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2014

We live in Hiawassee and are blessed to have these beautiful gardens that we can visit at any time for a beautiful, casual walk with friends.

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Dahlonega, Georgia
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24 reviews 24 reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2014

After touring the trails, seeing the amazing rows of hybrid rhododendrons and azaleas, I learned that it was totally "manned" by volunteers!! How incredible! THEN I learned that it is only maintained by donations AND that the county does not even appreciate what they have in their hands for tourism - at least not in the way of supporting it... More 

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Arhens, GA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2014 via mobile

A beautiful stop and it's free! The rhododendrons and azaleas are magnificent and the trails are easy for all ages. You can picnic under cover or by the lake. The garden shop has some great deals and the staff is very helpful and enthusiastic. Say hello to Catherine who runs the garden shop and is a #1 volunteer. They also... More 

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Tallahassee, Florida
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31 reviews 31 reviews
9 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2013

We toured the garden, and it definitely seems like the place to be when the Rhododendron are in bloom. The garden was a little overgrown when we visited, but it is a nice walk, and offers pretty views of Lake Chatuge.

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