Hours of Operation
Open Year Round, 8 AM – 8 PM, Restrooms closed in Winter and open on a limited basis other times of the year
We ask for a donation of $2 per person or $5 per family. NO PETS, please – dog urine kills our plants and ruins the pleasure for all visitors. Tobacco products are toxic to our plants, so please abstain while on our property.
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Guided and Golf Cart Tours are temporarily not being offered, to to COVID-19 restrictions
Hamilton Gardens is located about two hours from Atlanta, GA, Chattanooga, TN, Knoxville TN, Greenville SC, and Asheville, NC. We are located on the south side of Lake Chatuge, just north and west of the city of Hiawassee. Turn into the Georgia Mountain Fairground entry from US 76, then take your first right and go to the top of the parking tiers.
Hamilton Gardens at Lake Chatuge, Inc.
96 Pavilion Road
Weekend Plant Sales, while supplies last.
Mid – April through Mid – May
10 AM – 4 PM
We brought in 723 plants from multiple vendors for this year’s sale. As of May 15th, thanks to the wonderful response we’ve had from visitors, we sold the last plant. We wish we had more to sell, but it’ll have to wait until next year – when we’ll probably order a greater number of plants to handle the huge demand we experienced this year.
Restrooms are available at the Paris Pavilion, but are closed in Winter and available on a limited basis during warmer months. Facilities are also available at Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds.
Picnic tables are available at the Paris Pavilion, and we welcome visitors to enjoy the views we have from there.
The Paris Pavilion can be rented for private events, some restrictions apply. See ‘Use of Paris Pavilion’
Items that are NOT permitted anywhere on Garden property, including our parking lot area:
*Tobacco products of any kind – they are toxic to our plants
*Dogs or pets of any kind – DOG URINE KILLS OUR PLANTS
*Bicycles, Segway’s or golf carts. Personal scooters, child strollers and other wheeled devices are permitted, but please be aware that some might be difficult to successfully navigate on the thick mulch.
*Drones are not permitted over the gardens
*Picnics or food is not permitted in the gardens itself, nor is tailgating in the parking lot. However picnicing in or around our Pavilion is welcome
Call 706-970-0011, for more information or to set up a guided garden tour.
Send email inquiries to [email protected] .
Hamilton Gardens has handicapped parking near the garden entrance. The Paris Pavilion and restrooms are wheelchair accessible.
Most paths in our Gardens are easy to traverse by foot. The Courey Lakeshore Trail and the new rustic trail at the south end of our property are more difficult because the paths are narrow and there are roots and rocks that make the path uneven – please use caution. There are benches throughout the Gardens that provide a comfortable place to sit and rest or just time to relax and take in the beauty of the gardens.
The paths are covered with a mulch that is easy to walk on in dry weather, but they are not paved. As such, they may soften following rain.
Visitors who must traverse the Gardens either by wheelchair or electric scooter should use caution when visiting the Gardens.
The Gardens does not rent wheelchairs.