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Hiawassee is small town in Towns County, Georgia, which is in the northern part of the state near the North Carolina border. The population of the town is approximately 800. The name "Hiawassee" is a Cherokee word meaning "meadow." The little town of Hiawassee is home to several attractions. The Fred Hamilton Rhododendron Garden is a botanical garden located in the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds. The garden was originally planted in 1982 by Fred Hamilton, a local plant breeder who donated his personal garden by moving approximately 1,000 rhododendrons to the present site. Today the garden contains more than 3,000 rhododendrons, which is one of the largest collections in the country. The plants bloom from early April to late May. Hiawassee is also near Chatuge Lake, which straddles the Georgia-North Carolina border. The lake was named for an 18th-century Cherokee village that once stood near the dam site. Fishing is popular at Chatuge Lake, both in the reservoir and in the Hiwassee River below the dam. A concrete weir is below the dam, and provides a steady flow of water in the riverbed. This increases oxygen levels for fish and other aquatic animals. Wade fishing for trout is popular at Chatuge Lake because fish are attracted to the weir, where food is abundant.

Surrounding areas: Young Harris, Georgia (5.2 mi), Blairsville, Georgia (12.4 mi), Lake Burton, Georgia (14.1 mi), Helen, Georgia (17.2 mi), Clayton, Georgia (20.8 mi), Dillard, Georgia (21.0 mi), Lake Rabun, Georgia (21.3 mi)

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Hiawassee Hotels and Resorts

 
Hotels & Motels
Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites300 Big Sky DrHiawassee, GA (706) 896-8884
Ramada Inn Lake Chatuge Lodge653 Hwy 76Hiawassee, GA (706) 896-5253
Seasons InnBox 10 On The SQBlairsville, GA12.5 mi.(706) 745-1631
Holiday Inn Express333 Fisher StBlairsville, GA12.8 mi.(706) 745-6844
Chattahoochee Ridge LodgeHelen, GA17.2 mi.(706) 878-3144
Comfort Inn HelenEdelweiss DrHelen, GA17.2 mi.(706) 878-8000
Econo Lodge Helen749 Bruken Strase StHelen, GA17.2 mi.(706) 878-2141
Econo Lodge749 Brukenstasse StHelen, GA17.2 mi.(706) 878-2141
Heidi Motel Helen8820 North Main StHelen, GA17.2 mi.(706) 878-2689
Helendorf Aso33 MunichstrasseHelen, GA17.2 mi.(706) 878-2271
Holiday Inn Express8171 Hwy 75 NHelen, GA17.2 mi.(706) 878-8888
Ramada Limited11 Edelweiss StHelen, GA17.2 mi.(706) 878-1451
Unicoi State Park And Lodge1788 Hwy 356Helen, GA17.2 mi.(706) 878-2201
Hampton Inn - Helen On The River147 Unicoi StHelen, GA17.3 mi.(706) 878-3310
Hofbrauhaus Inn1 Main StHelen, GA17.4 mi.(706) 878-2248
Best Western Alpine Helen8220 S Main StHelen, GA17.5 mi.(706) 878-2111
Country Inn And Suites By Carlson877 Edelweiss StrasseHelen, GA17.5 mi.(706) 878-9000
Days Inn Helen8288 S Main StHelen, GA17.5 mi.(706) 878-4079
Super 8 Motel-helen8396 S Main StHelen, GA17.5 mi.(706) 878-2191
Andrews Valley InnBeavercreek RdAndrews, NC17.8 mi.(888) 777-7901
Best Western Murphy1522 Andrews RdMurphy, NC18.1 mi.(828) 837-3060
Days Inn754 Hwy 64 WMurphy, NC18.4 mi.(828) 837-8030
Econo Lodge100 Ter StMurphy, NC18.4 mi.(828) 837-8880
Holiday Inn Express Hotel And Suites130 Holiday DrMurphy, NC18.4 mi.(828) 837-1111
Days InnHwy 441 Box 1176Clayton, GA20.8 mi.(706) 782-4258
Quality Inn & Suites834 Hwy 441 SClayton, GA20.8 mi.(800) 334-2214
Stonebrook InnHwy 441Clayton, GA20.8 mi.(706) 782-2214
Knights Inn3 Best Inn WayDillard, GA21.0 mi.(706) 746-5321
Holiday Inn Express64 White Oak LnDillard, GA21.3 mi.(706) 746-3383
Days Inn ClevelandHwy 129Cleveland, GA24.4 mi.(706) 865-4079
Microtel Inn & Suites81 Allman DrFranklin, NC25.4 mi.(828) 349-9000
Microtel Inn & Suites Robbinsville107 Rodney Orr By-PassRobbinsville, NC26.0 mi.(828) 479-6772
San-ran MotelRobbinsville, NC26.0 mi.(828) 479-3256
Snow Hill Inn531 Snow HL RdFranklin, NC26.7 mi.(828) 369-2100
Hampton Inn244 Cunningham RdFranklin, NC27.9 mi.(828) 369-0600
Days Inn1320 E Main StFranklin, NC28.0 mi.(828) 524-6491
Days Inn1100 BurkemontMorganton, GA28.7 mi.(828) 430-8778
 
Bed & Breakfast
Angels Landing Inn94 Campbell StMurphy, NC18.1 mi.(828) 835-8877

Hiawassee Weather & Climate

The Mountains, due to their mild summer temperatures, have always been a welcome escape from the heat at the lower elevations. Midsummer afternoon temperatures average only around 80 degrees at elevations of 3,000 feet or higher. Nights are crisp and cool, but seldom too cold for outdoor activities or camping. In winter, snowfall is likely most years, but ski resorts use snowmaking equipment to ensure a reliable supply. Large amounts of snow and extreme low temperatures are rare except at the highest peaks. Rainfall is common in spring and summer. In spring, storm systems that bring cold weather southward reach North Carolina less often and less forcefully than in other parts of the country. Occasional invasions of cool dry air from the north continue during the summer, but are of short duration. Fall has warm days and cool nights and is the driest period.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 47°F 24°F 5.88 in. -
February 51°F 26°F 5.11 in. -
March 59°F 33°F 6.41 in. -
April 67°F 40°F 4.62 in. -
May 74°F 49°F 4.77 in. -
June 80°F 57°F 4.59 in. -
July 84°F 61°F 4.55 in. -
August 83°F 60°F 4.51 in. -
September 77°F 54°F 4.25 in. -
October 69°F 41°F 3.79 in. -
November 59°F 34°F 4.96 in. -
December 50°F 27°F 4.75 in. -

Hiawassee Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Mc Ghee Tyson airport (TYS) located about 61 miles north of Hiawassee in Knoxville, Tennessee, the Gatlinburg Pigeon Forge airport (GKT) located approximately 64 miles north of Hiawassee in Sevierville, Tennessee, the Winder Barrow airport (WDR) located roughly 66 miles south of Hiawassee in Winder, Georgia, Gwinnett County Briscoe Field (LZU) located around 68 miles south of Hiawassee in Lawrenceville, Georgia, and finally the Athens Ben Epps airport (AHN) located about 73 miles south of Hiawassee in Athens, Georgia.

Hiawassee Attractions

 
Amusement and Theme Parks
Cherokee Fun ParkCherokeeNC44.0 mi.
Santa's LandCherokeeNC44.0 mi.
Ghost Town in the SkyMaggie ValleyNC54.1 mi.
DollywoodPigeon ForgeTN59.1 mi.
Rockin' RacewayPigeon ForgeTN59.1 mi.
NASCAR SpeedParkSeviervilleTN64.4 mi.
Stone Mountain ParkStone MountainGA82.3 mi.
American AdventuresMariettaGA82.4 mi.
Lake WinnepesaukahRossvilleGA86.6 mi.
 
Water Parks
Lake Lanier Island Beach & Water ParkLake Lanier IslandGA55.5 mi.
White Water ParkMariettaGA82.4 mi.
 
Golf Courses
Chatuge Shores Golf CourseHayesvilleNC7.5 mi.
Mountain Harbour Golf & Yacht ClubHayesvilleNC7.5 mi.
Butternut Creek Golf CourseBlairsvilleGA12.5 mi.
Innsbruck Golf ClubHelenGA17.3 mi.
Cherokee Hills Golf & Country ClubMurphyNC18.2 mi.
Rabun Country Golf ClubClaytonGA21.0 mi.
College Park Municipal Golf CourseCollege ParkGA25.0 mi.
Franklin Golf CourseFranklinNC26.6 mi.
Mill Creek Country ClubFranklinNC26.6 mi.
Apple Mountain ResortClarkesvilleGA27.0 mi.
Piedmont Golf ClubDemorestGA29.6 mi.
 
Ski Areas
Scaly MountainScaly MountainNC25.3 mi.
CataloocheeMaggie ValleyNC54.1 mi.
Ski Wolf LaurelMars HillNC91.1 mi.
 
State Parks
Chatuge State ParkGA3.1 mi. 
Moccasin Creek State ParkGA12.6 mi. 
Unicoi State ParkGA16.0 mi. 
Vogel State ParkGA17.4 mi. 
Black Rock Mountain State ParkGA20.0 mi. 
Oconee State ParkSC37.8 mi. 
Amicalola Falls State ParkGA38.4 mi. 
 
Museums
Sequoyah Birthplace MuseumVonoreTN52.0 mi.(History)
South Carolina Gold MuseumPickensSC59.7 mi.(Miscellaneous)
 
Zoos and Aquariums
Knoxville Zoological GardensKnoxvilleTN70.5 mi.
Greenville ZooGreenvilleSC77.5 mi.
Western North Carolina Nature CenterAshevilleNC81.5 mi.
Tennessee AquariumChattanoogaTN88.1 mi.
Warner Park ZooChattanoogaTN88.1 mi.
Zoo AtlantaAtlantaGA90.4 mi.


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