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Hamilton Gardens at Lake Chatuge, Inc.

Garden or Arboretum

Hamilton Gardens at Lake Chatuge, home to the largest and most diverse collection of rhododendrons and native azaleas in the Southeastern United States, is located in Hiawassee, GA. The Gardens are comprised of approximately 33 acres that includes 1.5 miles of mulched trails. The Gardens’ appeal is the more than 1,500 rhododendrons and native azaleas along with an abundance of wildflowers and hardwoods indigenous to the Appalachian Mountains. Admission is free at this time and the Gardens’ are open year-round.

In 2016 a non-profit 501 c 3 corporation, Hamilton Gardens at Lake Chatuge, Inc.was formed to assume the management and operations of this incredible treasure. The Gardens’ mission “to restore, preserve, and enhance this public botanical legacy garden for the education and enjoyment of all who visit” is well on its way. For more information:, our Facebook page, 706-970-0011.

How to Get There

Follow google maps to 96 Pavilion Road, Hwy 76 West, Hiawassee GA.

Pet Friendly Notes

No pets on the grounds.

Recreational Opportunities

Area Activities:

  • Camping
  • Tubing
  • Fishing
  • Paddling
  • Golfing
  • Horseback Riding
  • Mountain Biking
  • Hiking
  • Zip-Lining
  • Boating
  • Shopping


Seasons Accessible

Open year-round.



Free- donations appreciated.

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