Welcome to
Hamilton Gardens at Lake Chatuge

Located on the shoreline of Lake Chatuge in Hiawassee, Georgia,
this woodland garden paradise, covering 33 acres, is the largest collection of rhododendrons in the southeast. It is listed by the state of Georgia as a botanical garden and lives up to this name through the diversity of native wildflowers, plants, trees, and its ecosystem. Trilliums, shooting stars, wild ginger, trout lilies, and Solomon’s seal are just a few of the special plants found in the gardens. But what makes this garden really special is the more than 1,500 rhododendrons and native azaleas within its boundaries. There are as many as 400 varieties of rhododendrons in this collection which bloom in all colors, shapes, and sizes. The bloom season appears regularly from mid-April to mid-May.
Celebrated each year as
“A Blooming Affair at Hamilton Gardens”
and offers a spectacular visitor experience.


Come Visit

Open Year round!
8 AM – 8 PM


Weekend Plant Sales
Mid – April
Mid – May
10 AM – 2 PM


Free, donations appreciated.
Golf Cart and Guided Tours:
Schedule in Advance.


No Smoking and
No Pets,
even on a leash