Hiawassee, Georgia, sits on Lake Chatuge two hours northeast of Atlanta and just minutes south of the Georgia-North Carolina border. The city is home to about 916 people, and though its city limits encompass 2.2 square miles, 0.5 miles of that is water.
Hiawassee is home to the Fred Hamilton Rhododendron Garden, which is included in the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds. The garden is situated on a hillside sloping toward scenic Lake Chatuge, and is the largest collection of rhododendron in the state of Georgia. The garden also features native dogwood, azaleas, magnolias, and wildflowers.
For a more lofty view of Lake Chatuge, take a drive (and short hike) up Bell Mountain for its 360-degree panoramas of the lake. For a more leisurely hike, check out High Shoal Falls between Hiawassee and Helen, GA. And afterward, treat yourself to a hard-earned glass of wine at Hightower Creek Vineyards.
88% of Hiawassee’s residents are homeowners. Homes in Hiawassee are competitively priced, with a median listing price of $166,667. This is a significant increase (up $36,667, or 78%) in median listing price since May 2017, but is still below its January 2017 peak of $187,000. Homes in Hiawassee usually sell at about $105 per square foot — down $22 per square foot since July 2016 — which falls significantly below the national average price per square foot of $139.
Hiawassee is in the Towns County School District, which includes Towns County Elementary School, Towns County Middle School, and Towns County High School. Towns County High serves 339 students and is unranked in the state of Georgia with a graduation rate of 93%.
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