Attractions in Hiawassee, Georgia

Attractions in Hiawassee, Georgia
Hiawasee, Georgia is located in the extreme northeast Georgia county of Towns, which borders North Carolina. Named for the Cherokee word "meadow", Hiawassee is a small, rural mountain town that offers residents and tourists abundant outdoor activities and attractions year-round for the whole family. Enjoy kayaking, fly fishing, and whitewater rafting on the Hiawassee River, or hiking the Appalachian Trail's Hogpen Gap. After a day of adventuring, check out one of many unique Hiawassee attractions.

Lake Chatuge Recreation Area 


Lake Chatuge is a pristine lake, nestled between Georgia and North Carolina, with 132 miles of shoreline, including 4 miles of island shoreline. The 7,050-acre reservoir is the perfect spot to launch your boat for the 32 species of fish, including bass, bream, and catfish. Or, explore the Lake Chatuge Trail as you hike around the pine-covered peninsula, searching for the perfect camping site or picnic. Fly fishers will enjoy wading in the Hiawassee River below the dam as they cast for fresh trout.

Lake Chatuge Recreation Area 

GA Highway 288

Hiawasse, GA 30546
(706) 745-6928
n-georgia.com/lake-chatuge-fishing.html

Romantic Lake Cruise

The Lake Chatuge Love Boat is a 32 foot long luxury motor yacht. It offers a variety of special occasion day or evening cruises for the romantic couple, birthday party, or girls' night out. Family cruises are also available on a private charter, as well as a host of other themes that include meals and fun activities.

Lake Chatuge Love Boat
Fieldstone Marine-Dock D on Lake Chatuge
PO Box 736
Hiawassee, GA 30546

(828) 389-2255
romanticlakecruises.com/

Pioneer Village

Located on the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds, Pioneer Village is a picture of mountain life from the 1800s. It is complete with an old-fashioned hand-hewn log home and authentic furnishings, a one-room schoolhouse (with the hickory switch!), and a smokehouse and barn. Visitors can also tour the general store with its antique goods and bolt cloth. During special events throughout the year, Pioneer Village comes alive with activities from the past, like blacksmithing, soap making and moon shining.

Pioneer Village
1140 Fuller Court
Hiawassee, GA 30546

(706) 896-4966
georgiamountainfairgrounds.com/venueInfo.php#pioneer

Hamilton Rhododendron Garden 



Also located on the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds, the Fred Hamilton Rhododendron Garden is situated on a hillside along Lake Chatuge. The garden is the largest in the state, with over 400 varieties of 3,000 plants. Guests will enjoy the walking trail along the lake, where the lush landscape is teeming with dogwoods, tulip magnolias, native azaleas, lady slippers, trilliums, and rhododendrons. Open year-round (and free of charge), there is always something blooming at the Hamilton Rhododendron Garden, especially during the spring flowering season.

Hamilton Rhododendron Garden 


1311 Music Hall Road
Hiawassee, GA 30546
(706) 896-4191
georgiamountainfairgrounds.com/rhododendronfestival.php

Article Written By Lisa Love

Lisa Love has been a published writer since 1995. Love is a retired banker, former educator, business owner and craftsman with a business degree from Barry University.

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