Hours of Operation
PLEASE READ ABOUT OUR PENDING DISSOLUTION ON THE HOME PAGE.
Open 7 days a week Year Round, 8 AM – Dusk. Restrooms are available when staff is on duty, but closed in Winter
Garden Admission: Honor system $5 per person or $10 per family
ABSOLUTELY NO PETS
Tobacco products of all kinds are prohibited
Hamilton Gardens is located just west of downtown Hiawassee and about two hours Northeast of Atlanta, GA, east of Chattanooga, TN, Southeast of Knoxville TN, west of Greenville SC, and Asheville, NC. Just west across the bridge from downtown 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
NOTE: Some auto GPS units may not find the street address. Search for "Georgia Mountain Fair" and then follow the instructions above.
Highlights to see at Hamilton Gardens
Fishing Hole Rock 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
Certified Pollinator Garden
Spiral Herb Garden
Greenhouses and Plant Sales
Restrooms are available during the warm months at the Paris Pavilion when staff is on duty, but are closed in Winter.
Picnic tables are available in and around 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
*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 disruptive to our peaceful gardens and disturb our visitors, so are not permitted unless prior permission is obtained by calling 706-970-0011
*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. Larger groups should reserve the pavilion.
Call 706-970-0011, for more information or to set up a guided garden tour.
Send email inquiries to [email protected] .
We have two buildings near the back of the Gardens, both installed around 40 years ago. One is an "antique" greenhouse made of glass, which is no longer manufactured and is unique due to its beautiful clean look and age. It is used in cold weather to protect some of our more delicate plants.
The other structure is a mesh-covered building, sometimes called a "hoop house". Again, not many of these will be found in other gardens. It is used to propagate azaleas and other interesting plants, some from seed and some from cuttings. The propagated plants are either sold or scheduled for planting in the main gardens when they are viable. The Hoop House is also used in the spring as a staging area for our spring plant sale of native azaleas and rhododendrons.
Spring Plant Sale, while supplies last.
Mid – April through Mid – May
10 AM – 3 PM Saturdays and Sundays
Thanks to the wonderful response from visitors in 2021, we sold out all our plants within 3 weeks - don't wait too long next year and miss out!
The weekend after Thanksgiving in 2020, our Master Gardeners created dozens of beautiful and unique hand-made wreaths for sale, along with many dozens of Poinsettias and Cyclamens for purchase. Despite the cold weather that weekend dampening crowds, everyone was sold. We hope to continue this tradition in future years.
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 narrower and steeper in spots, and there are some roots and rocks that make the paths 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.
Most of 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 or carts.