Lake Junaluska

Just a stone’s throw from the heart of Waynesville lies a haven of tranquility and beauty. A place where the gentle lapping of water against the shore echoes the rhythm of a simpler time. 

Welcome to Lake Junaluska.

In the heart of Western North Carolina, nestled amidst the majesty of the Smoky Mountains, Lake Junaluska is a sanctuary. A place where the natural world’s serene beauty intertwines seamlessly with Southern hospitality’s warmth and charm. 

This is more than just a lake.  It’s an experience. 

As you approach Lake Junaluska, you’ll first notice the vast body of water that gives the area its name. The lake covers over 200 acres, providing ample space for various water-based activities. 

Kayaking, canoeing, paddleboarding, fishing – take your pick. 

If you’re more comfortable on land, the 3.8-mile trail around the lake is a favorite among walkers and joggers, providing a serene, scenic route that’s manageable for all fitness levels.

But Lake Junaluska isn’t just about the great outdoors. The community around the lake is just as inviting. It’s a tight-knit neighborhood where friendly faces and warm greetings are the norm, not the exception. 

Despite the calm, laid-back atmosphere, there’s always something happening here. 

Concerts, art exhibits, and community gatherings – Lake Junaluska is as vibrant as peaceful.

One of the cornerstones of the Lake Junaluska experience is the Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center. This facility hosts events year-round, attracting visitors from around the world. 

Whether attending a spiritual retreat, a business conference, or a family reunion, you’ll find the Center’s facilities and services top-notch.

And let’s not forget the beauty of Lake Junaluska’s landscapes. 

At every turn, you’re met with picturesque views that look like they’ve been lifted straight from a postcard. The iconic Rose Walk, the charming Inspiration Point, and the serene Sunken Garden are a testament to the natural beauty that abounds here. 

The Lake Junaluska Golf Course is a must-visit if you’re an avid golfer. The 18-hole, par 68 course provides a challenging yet enjoyable experience for golfers of all skill levels. And with the Smoky Mountains as your backdrop, every swing has a view.

But perhaps the most enduring charm of Lake Junaluska lies in its ability to inspire peace and reflection. 

From the quiet morning mist rising off the lake to the breathtaking sunsets that paint the sky each evening, this place has a certain magic. It’s a reminder of the simple beauty in our world and an invitation to pause, breathe, and just be.

So whether you’re searching for adventure, longing for relaxation, or simply looking for a change of scenery, consider Lake Junaluska. 

Here, amidst the calm waters and friendly community, you might just find what you’re looking for. 

Spring and Summer at the Lake

Spring and summer at Lake Junaluska bring a certain vibrancy to the area. The trees become lush with greenery, and the flowers around the lake burst into bloom. The tennis courts start bustling with activity, and the sounds of paddleball echo through the air.

It’s a great time to be outdoors.

The lake’s wildlife is active.

Ducks, swans, and wild Canadian geese are familiar sights; if you’re fortunate, you might see a pair of geese tending to their goslings. Bird watchers will find plenty to enjoy here. 

Walking around the lake is a pleasure in itself. 

The path is well-maintained and offers stunning views of the surrounding landscape. It’s a peaceful walk, allowing you to appreciate the area’s beauty in your own time.

For those seeking a quiet moment, the chapel at Lake Junaluska is a sanctuary. It’s a place where you can sit and reflect, away from the noise and rush of everyday life.

And if you enjoy fishing, you’ll be pleased to know that the lake is home to a healthy population of bass and carp. 

Whether you’re an experienced angler or a beginner, you’ll find the fishing at Lake Junaluska to be a rewarding experience.

Spring and summer at Lake Junaluska offer something for everyone. Whether you’re into sports, nature watching, or simply enjoying the tranquility of the lake, you’re bound to find something that suits your tastes. 

Come visit us and discover the charm of lake life right here in Western North Carolina.