Hamilton Gardens at Lake Chatuge, Inc.

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: hamiltongardens.org, our Facebook page, 706-970-0011.

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Latitude: 34.96799 Longitude: -83.773969 Elevation: 1976 ft
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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.

Pet Friendly Notes

No pets on the grounds.

How to Get There

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


No pets - no patronage. Ms. Wall: Sorry the policy is-- No pets permitted with the exception of service animals(documented service dogs in vest). Retractable leashes are not permitted.

Penny Wall, 10/7/2019

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