Hiawassee : Georgia


What It Is Like to Retire in Hiawassee

Hiawassee is a small town of less than 1,000 bordering Lake Chatuge (Hiawassee Lake is in NC).  The town is very close to the North Carolina and South Carolina borders. It has many activies from boating, hiking, golfing, fishing, community involvement, the list is endless.  There are local arts and crafts festivals, a county fair, gardens, music festivals and weekly music on the square from local talent. If you like to golf, the area has 3 upscale golf courses. The tallest peak in Georgia, Brasstown Bald welcomes hikers, nature lovers and picnics too. Our lake offers 150 miles of shore line, that can be enjoyed to everyone.  Picture of Hiawassee County Courthouse courtesy of Wikipedia and John Trainor, Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0/


Where to Retire in Hiawassee and Home Prices

We are not aware of any active adult communities in the area, but we predict they will be coming.
Average home value was $243,333 in mid-2021, according to Zillow.


What Is Special about Hiawassee

Lake Chatuge is a real plus for the area. Seems like a good retirement area with a laid back lifestyle and many activities.

What Is Not Special about Hiawassee

Hiawassee is a very small town in a pretty remote area.  During the winter the population declines.

Who Will Like Retirement in Hiawassee

People looking for low-key lifestyle near a lake will like Hiawassee.

Local Economy Is Driven by

Tourism is the biggest industry.

Climate and Physical Environment

On the border of Georgia, NC, and SC.The highest peak in Georgia, Brasstown Bald, along with the mountains, valleys and lake.  Protected by the USFS and TVA from the forest to the lake.  The 150 mile shore line of Lake Chatuge (Georgia and North Carolina). The average July high temperature is 84 and the average January low is 25. The wettest month is March (6.4").


Restaurants & Cultural Scene

The area's community colleges offer continuing education possibilities (North GA Tech and Young Harris College); FredHamilton Rhododendron Garden; Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds



The theft and property crime rate is above the national average in Hiawassee, but for violent crimes the rate is below the national average.


Medical Facilities

There is a small hospital in town, in addition to doctor offices (many from Atlanta with sitelite offices here),  several dentists and an eye doctor. 



The nearest Airport is in Athens, Georgia, about 90 miles away, and the nearest international airport is in Atlanta, about 120 miles away.


Valuable Links

Wikipedia for Hiawassee.

The City of Hiawassee


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