We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Sponsored by:
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Sponsored by:
Get directions
Address: 1311 Music Hall Road, Hiawassee, GA 30546
Phone Number: +1 706-896-4191
Website
Description:

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.

read more

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 48 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 30
    Excellent
  • 13
    Very good
  • 3
    Average
  • 2
    Poor
  • 0
    Terrible
Nice Stroll Through The Garden

We had a nice time. It seemed as if they were updating things. It was pretty cool though. There was no one working there but they had a donation box right up front.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Melissa T
via mobile
Add Photo Write a Review

48 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
Language
Showing 48: English reviews
Level Contributor
26 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We had a nice time. It seemed as if they were updating things. It was pretty cool though. There was no one working there but they had a donation box right up front.

Helpful?
Thank Melissa T
Lexington, South Carolina
Level Contributor
55 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

As my mother and I were doing quite a bit of sight seeing yesterday as we cut through GA, right off of 76, as you come to TOWNS COUNTY RECREATION BEACH, directly across the street is Music Hall Road and GA Mountain Fairgrounds, the views of LAKE CHATUGE are so pretty, you can see various views of the lake through... More 

Helpful?
Thank Tracey D
Suwanee, Georgia
Level Contributor
118 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Thus is beautiful spot to visit in any season. Stroll thru on a date or for exercise. You could even take a picnic and sit overlooking the lake in a couple of spots. When you drive into the Fairgrounds, wind your way to the top of the parking lot to find the entrance to the gardens.

Helpful?
Thank Vagabond2be
plant city
Level Contributor
18 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This was alright, just not really the type of thing I like to do. There were different trails you could walk, the beginning had allot of flowers, but then they slacked off and it was mostly weeds. But still if you like a trail you should enjoy this, the trail goes all the way down to a good view of... More 

Helpful?
Thank robinsA5557HH
Tyler, Texas
Level Contributor
17 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

This was a really fun afternoon walk- the trails are easy and provide some great scenery. This is not a huge garden but it really nice and it is free to the public. There are some really nice views of the lake from the trails

Helpful?
Thank 88KeysTX
McKenzie, Alabama
Level Contributor
10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2016

I have been visiting this Gardens for 30 years and have seen it in every season. There is always something blooming, no matter when you go. It's FREE, but there is a donation box if you care to contribute. There is camping available. Also a great view of Lake Chatuge in any part of the gardens. As Colleen L said... More 

Helpful?
Thank Rene E
McDonough, Georgia
Level Contributor
123 reviews
50 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2016

Their website says to visit in April or May but the map that we picked on arrival says through May 15. We were there on the 12th and it was still pretty but most of the blooms had passed their peak. I will say that it is hilly and I think for older people it would be best if you... More 

Helpful?
Thank Karen D
Rottenburg am Neckar, Germany
Level Contributor
28 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2016

A tranquil path in the woods on a hillslope above Chatuge Lake, surrounded by a fascinating variety of Rhododendron. According to the local newspaper, the maintenance will be handed over - we hope that they will preserve this gem!

Helpful?
Thank WMGK
Level Contributor
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2016 via mobile

Rhododendron's/azalea's absolutely beautiful!!! We were very pleased with the view, better than we anticipated. Walking trails were easy walking, with benches along the way.

Helpful?
Thank Colleen L
Level Contributor
18 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2016 via mobile

What an absolutely beautiful location. Run by volunteers, and there is no cost to walk the paths and take in the beauty. We first found this location when looking for a nice place to take family portraits for a client. The volunteer staff is friendly and very welcoming, providing visitors with history of the gardens and how they came to... More 

Helpful?
Thank ehaggart

Travelers who viewed Fred Hamilton Gardens also viewed

 

Been to Fred Hamilton Gardens? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Fred Hamilton Gardens staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?