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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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Pleasant walks

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 29, 2015
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Athens, Georgia
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Athens, Georgia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015 NEW

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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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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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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Melbourne, Florida
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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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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 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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