"Located on beautiful Lake Chatuge, Hiawassee is the county seat of Towns County. It was incorporated on May 17, 1956. The name "Hiawassee" comes from the Cherokee word Ayuhwasi, which means "meadow". Hiawassee is the only incorporated municipality in Towns County.Hiawassee is an Appalachian Trail Community and a recognized Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation. Hiawassee is surrounded by the beauty of trees, mountains, lake, botanical gardens, waterfalls and trails."