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Lake Junaluska, North Carolina

Your Smoky Mountain Lakeside Retreat

The still, serene waters of Lake Junaluska, located in the heart of Haywood County, North Carolina, offer a picturesque retreat in the scenic Great Smoky Mountains. Nestled in a valley about 27 miles west of Asheville, Lake Junaluska is a beloved destination for those seeking solace and renewal of mind, body, and soul.

Surrounded by vacation homes and two hotels, the Lambuth Inn and The Terrace Hotel, Lake Junaluska provides a range of accommodations for visitors. Immerse yourself in the peaceful atmosphere as you take a leisurely stroll along the Lake Junaluska Walking Trail, offering priceless views of the calming waters. The crisp mountain air and breathtaking vistas from the back porch of your vacation home provide the perfect opportunity to unwind and let go of any tensions.

While Lake Junaluska is known for its rejuvenating ambiance, it also offers a variety of exciting activities for adventure-seekers. Golf enthusiasts can enjoy an 18-hole course, while mini-golf is available for aspiring link-lovers. Take the fun to the water with our robust watersports, including kayaks, paddleboards, and canoes, and cool off in the pool. For a more tranquil experience, embark on a peaceful boat tour around the lake.

Located in the heart of Haywood County, Lake Junaluska is also central to other mountain towns, making it an ideal base for exploring the area. Discover the enchanting beauty of the Smoky Mountains and find solace in this sanctuary. Whether you’re in need of a meditative recharge or seeking outdoor adventures, Lake Junaluska offers a perfect escape in the heart of the North Carolina Smoky Mountains.


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. 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
  • 35 Minutes → Great Smoky Mountains National Park
  • 29 Minutes → Asheville


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History Fun Fact

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.