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Address: 1311 Music Hall Road, Hiawassee, GA 30546
Phone Number: +1 706-896-4191
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Description: Quietly tucked away in the North Georgia mountains, sits a rare and...
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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Late July is too late to visit here

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 1, 2015
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Hiawassee, Georgia
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10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

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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Birmingham, Alabama
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31 reviews
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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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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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Hiawassee, Georgia
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8 reviews
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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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92 reviews
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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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Athens, Georgia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 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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42 reviews
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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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asheville,nc
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43 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 133 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

Didn't know this park was in town until I read the hotel flyer. It was right next to the hotel. The flowers were not in bloom yet, but I walked the trails and down to the lake. Peaceful beautiful area. They are lucky to have such a beautiful area to spend time in.

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Blairsville, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

The Fred Hamilton Rhododendrum Gardens has under gone a change in management practices this winter. At least this Spring, the changes may not be apparent so put it high on your bucket list of things to see while in the North Ga. Mtns

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014 via mobile

walking from the hotel for 1 hour after a day of driving. Nice place for a visit. Verry still around this time off the year. Great view on the very low level lake.

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