Lake Junaluska

Welcome to Lake Junaluska, NC!

Your Smoky Mountain retreat.

The still, serene waters of Lake Junaluska, North Carolina are nestled in a scenic Smoky Mountain valley about 27 miles west of Asheville in the heart of Haywood County. Several vacation homes and two hotels, the Lambuth Inn and The Terrace, surround this picturesque lake and offer a chance to recharge your mind, body, and soul. A leisurely stroll along the Lake Junaluska Walking Trail that surrounds the calming waters offers priceless views, while just a few deep breathes of our crisp mountain air from the back porch of your vacation home is sure to help ease any tensions you bring with you.

You can definitely expect a re-energizing retreat when you visit Lake Junaluska. But for those activity-seekers in tow, there’s plenty of adventure to be discovered here, too! An 18-hole course waits for golf fanatics—and there’s mini-golf for aspiring link-lovers. Bring the fun off solid ground and out onto the water with our robust watersports—a pool, kayaks, paddleboards and canoes offer wet and wild fun. Or opt for a peaceful boat tour around the lake. For a trip back in time, visit either of the museums found along our shores: The World Methodist Council Museum and the SEJ Heritage Center. If you’re in need of a meditative recharge (let’s be honest, who isn’t right now?), come uncover our enchanting Smoky Mountain sanctuary.

Experience a Smoky Mountain Summer
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Nothing beats a delicious meal with a spectacular view, and that certainly doesn’t change when you visit Lake Junaluska. Our local eateries pull together some truly special flavors lakeside, so you can enjoy some quality time with Mother Nature.

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A day trip to our soothing mountain lake offers plenty of enjoyment. The views are indescribably beautiful. The adventures are a blast for everyone. However, to experience the full restorative powers of our mountain haven, we recommend staying a while!

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Spend countless days adventuring out on the water by kayak, canoe, boat or paddleboard. Bring the fun to the shore with mini-golf, shuffleboard, hiking and so much more. Get out here and rediscover the adventure in you!

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Centrally located to all Western North Carolina has to offer!

Lake Junaluska is only 13 miles from the Great Smoky Mountains National park and 11 miles from the Blue Ridge Parkway. Plus, a 27-mile drive east brings you to Asheville, NC. What we’re trying to say is this: there’s no better place to stay than our mountain oasis located smack dab in the middle of the Smokies.

The other mountain towns that call Haywood County home are nearby as well, and simmering with adventures: Maggie Valley, Waynesville, Canton, and Clyde. 80 minutes away, on the other side of the Smokies, you’ll find Gatlinburg. And just 10 minutes from our waters is the Blue Ridge Parkway, the best drive in America.

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  • 9 Minutes → Waynesville
  • 13 Minutes → Maggie Valley
  • 25 Minutes → Great Smoky Mountains National Park
  • 29 Minutes → Asheville
  • 78 Minutes → Gatlinburg
Graphic map of Lake Junaluska and surrounding area




Before it was a scenic getaway spot for travelers in need of some relaxation, Lake Junaluska wasn’t a lake at all. In 1913, the Second General Missionary Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church began convening at a new auditorium built right beside Richland Creek, which was being dammed to create a new mountain lake. More and more people began visiting and soon, the Lambuth Inn was built. It’s now listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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