Hamilton Gardens at Lake Chatuge boasts 33 acres of trails and plants and is the largest collection of rhododendrons in the southeast with more than 1,500 types! This nonprofit was a gift to Towns County by Hazel and Fred Hamilton who were extensive collectors of native azaleas and rhododendrons. The gardens are open year round with the bloom season happening from mid-April to mid-May and fondly known as “A Blooming Affair at Hamilton Gardens.” Hailed as a must see by locals and visitors alike, make sure to visit Hamilton Gardens.

Hamilton Gardens is located approximately 2 miles from the town square of Hiawassee.


96 Pavilion Road
Hiawassee, GA 30546