Hours of Operation

Open Year Round, 8 AM – 8 PM, Restrooms are available, closed in Winter

Garden Admission: Honor system $2 per person, $5 per family

ABSOLUTELY NO PETS

Tobacco products of all kinds are prohibited

Guided and Golf Cart Tours are temporarily unavailable, due to COVID-19 restrictions

Garden Map

Directions

Hamilton Gardens is located just west of downtown Hiawassee and about two hours from Atlanta, GA, Chattanooga, TN, Knoxville TN, Greenville SC, and Asheville, NC. Just west of Hiawassee, turn into the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds entry from US 76, take your first right after the arch and go to the top level of the parking tiers.

Use Google Maps to find Hamilton Gardens at Lake Chatuge, Inc.
96 Pavilion Road
Hiawassee, GA
706-970-0011

NOTE: Some auto GPS units may not find the street address. Search for “Georgia Mountain Fair”

Highlights to see at Hamilton Gardens

Fishing Hole Observation Deck

Courey Shoreline Trail

Gloria Brooks Overlook and Water Wheel

Eight metal sculptures by local artists

Bonnie Day Arbor and Bridges

Celebration Plaza and Fountain

2 miles of groomed and rustic trails

Pollinator and Demonstration Gardens

Two Greenhouses

Greenhouse Plant Sales

Weekend Plant Sales, while supplies last.
Mid – April through Mid – May
10 AM – 2 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. In addition, we are hoping to propagate our own plants for future sales.

Weekend Plant Sales, while supplies last.
Mid – April through Mid – May
10 AM – 2 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. In addition, we are hoping to propagate our own plants in the greenhouse for future sales.

Accessibility

Restrooms are available at the Paris Pavilion, but are closed in Winter.

Picnic tables are available at the Paris Pavilion.

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
*Commercial photography
*Bicycles, Segway’s or golf carts are NOT permitted. 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 trails 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.