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Address: 1311 Music Hall Road, Hiawassee, GA 30546
Phone Number: +1 706-896-4191

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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Difficult to find, but once you do...

Signage for the gardens is extremely limited. When you turn into the fairgrounds, make your first right into the parking area and drive to the very top of the hill. The garden... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
Atlanta, Georgia
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Atlanta, Georgia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Signage for the gardens is extremely limited. When you turn into the fairgrounds, make your first right into the parking area and drive to the very top of the hill. The garden entrance is very well marked and maintained once you find it. We visited on a hot July day so we were some of the only visitors. The paths... More 

Thank trvlbuff2016
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago 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.

Thank Melissa T
Lexington, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2016 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 

Thank Tracey D
Suwanee, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2016 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.

Thank Vagabond2be
plant city
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2016 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 

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Tyler, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2016

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

Thank 88KeysTX
McKenzie, Alabama
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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 

Thank Rene E
McDonough, Georgia
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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 

Thank Karen D
Rottenburg am Neckar, Germany
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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!

Thank WMGK
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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.

Thank Colleen L

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