The Best Castles in Georgia To Visit

From haunted castles to Romanesque-revival mansions, Georgia is full of unique architecture.
Written by Heather Bernhard
Reviewed by Kathleen Flear
Updated on Apr 04, 2022
might be known for peaches and pecans, but it has lots of history, too—including some amazing castles and mansions that you have to see to believe. 
While you may not immediately think of palaces when you think of Georgia, you can find incredible examples of architecture all over the Peach State. Whether you’re interested in Civil War history, searching for a wedding venue, or planning a haunted weekend away, there’s a castle in Georgia for you.
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Castlehawk Estate

Address:436 Liberty Church Rd. NE, Ranger, GA 30734
Built in: 2005

What is the story of Castlehawk Estate?

This massive 10,000 square foot castle was recently
on the market
for more than $2.4 million. Situated on 70 acres of land, the home has four bedrooms, three and a half baths, 14-foot ceilings, and 12-inch thick stone walls. Oh—and did we mention the indoor pool, equestrian trails, and stocked pond? 

How to visit Castlehawk Estate

Castlehawk is a gated private home and is not open for tours. However, you may be able to drive by and catch a glimpse from the road! 

Cavender Castle

Address: 121 Cavender Castle Drive, Dahlonega, GA 30533
Built in: 1992

What is the story of Cavender Castle?

Cavender Castle
is a family home and wedding venue in the
North Georgia
Mountains. The original owners built it as a replica of a Scottish castle they had stayed in on vacation and planned to turn it into a winery. But unfortunately, nature had other plans, and it did not work out. 
In 1999, Rick and Cindy Durham purchased the property and completely renovated it. In 2004, Cavender Castle was reopened as a restaurant. Today, you can dine there throughout the week or rent the venue for private events, such as
wedding receptions
and rehearsal dinners. 

How to visit Cavender Castle

Cavender Castle is not open to the public. However, if you’d like to book a special event, you can
contact them
to discuss the details. 

Wilder Tower

Address: Glenn-Viniard Rd, Chickamauga, GA 30707
Built in: 1892 to 1904

What is the story of Wilder Tower?

The Wilder Tower is stop #6 on the
Chickamauga Battlefield Automobile Tour
—and an important part of Georgia history. The 86-foot stone castle is a monument to the Wilder Brigade, led by Union General John Wilder. The group had the only Union success at the southern end of the Chickamauga Battlefield and halted advancing Confederates several times. 
When the tower is open, visitors are allowed to climb to the top (up 136 steps!) and access an open-air observation deck. The area is also home to dozens of statues and monuments commemorating the war and the soldiers who fought in it. 

How to visit Wilder Tower

Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park
is open daily, except for Christmas Day and New Year's Eve. It is free to drive through the park, and there is no charge for most of the attractions, except for Lookout Mountain Battlefield, which has a $10 entrance fee. 
Pro Tip The monument closes quite often in summer when hornets decide to nest in the tower. If you’d like to climb to the top, it may be best to visit in cooler weather. 

Covington Castle

Address: 4119 Clark St. SW, Covington, GA 30014
Built in: 1990 to 2000

What is the story of Covington Castle?

Covington Castle
is a private home, around which lots of rumors circulate. Among them is that Ozzy Osbourne once lived there, and the owner is a witch. Sadly, none of those stories are true. 
What is true is that the castle (which is really more of a château) sat vacant and unfinished for many years due to a lack of funds. Today, it is (mostly) complete and has five towers and five levels. The owners hope to add outbuildings someday, including a stable for horses. 
It sits high up on the property because it’s on a
, and the owners wanted privacy, but passers-by can see it from the road. 

How to visit Covington Castle

Covington Castle is a private home, and the owners do not give tours. However, you can see the building from the road in late fall and winter, when the leaves are off the trees. 

Rhodes Castle

Address:1516 Peachtree Rd. NW, Atlanta, Georgia, 30309
Built in: 1904

What is the story of Rhodes Castle?

Known to locals as “The Castle on Peachtree,”
Rhodes Castle
was built in 1904 by furniture magnate Amos G. Rhodes. The Romanesque-style revival mansion cost nearly $50,000 (the equivalent of about $1.6 million today). It is constructed of Stone Mountain granite and features a grand mahogany staircase and a series of painted glass windows.
Today, the palace is home to the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation and a venue for social and corporate events. 

How to visit Rhodes Castle

Historical tours and museum tours
have been canceled until further notice. However,
rental tours
are available by appointment. 

Bonnie Castle

Address: 2 Post St., Grantville, GA 30220
Built in: 1896

What is the story of Bonnie Castle?

Bonnie Castle
was unoccupied for many years but appears to be operating as a bed & breakfast once again. The brick and granite Victorian Mansion was built in 1896 by a man named Mr. Colley, who wanted a castle-like home for his family to live in. 
Rumor has it that strange occurrences began shortly after Mr. Colley's family moved into the home. A ghost named Mary (who turned lights off and on) and a spectral cat were known to make frequent appearances. It is also said that Mr. Colley himself stopped in for visits long after his death. 
Many visitors spend a night hoping for the chance at a paranormal experience. 

How to visit Bonnie Castle

You can drive by Bonnie Castle to catch a glimpse, but if you want to meet Mary the Ghost, you’ll have to
book a night

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