Nestled in a picturesque valley just 27 miles west of Asheville, Lake Junaluska offers the perfect mix of pristine beauty and thrilling outdoor activities. The lake is anchored by a popular spiritual retreat center, and serves as the ideal spot for water sports. An array of homes dots the lush forests surrounding the lake, serving up stunning views and relaxing settings.
Lake Junaluska was established as a mountain retreat for the United Methodist Church in the early 1900s. The lake town, part of Haywood County, has a population of around 2,700, but draws thousands of visitors every year to its serene locale. The spiritual retreat’s mission – to “renew the soul, mind, and body” – can also apply to the entire area, thanks to the plethora of scenic settings from which to enjoy all manner of activities, both peaceful and active.
Enjoy Western N.C. living at its finest
Lake recreation includes canoeing, paddleboarding, kayaking and swimming. (You’ll find canoe, kayak and paddleboard rentals, as well as other recreation equipment, at Lake Junaluska Outfitters.) Boat tours of the lake are also available. The lake is stocked with everything from bass to catfish to crappie for fishing (no motorboats allowed). Circling the lake is a mostly flat, 3.5-mile paved trail, perfect for walking, running or biking. There is also an 18-hole golf course with a layout designed for all levels. A daily activity pass affords admission to the lakeside swimming pool, mini golf, tennis, pickleball and shuffleboard.
There are a number of gardens and parks in Lake Junaluska. And for mountain lovers, Lake Junaluska is perfectly positioned for easy access to both the Blue Ridge Parkway and Smoky Mountain National Park. Hiking, mountain biking, waterfall walks and camping are all popular activities that can be experienced just a short drive away.
Lake Junaluska homes against a Blue Ridge backdrop
Many homes in Lake Junaluska are optimally perched to drink in the stunning views. Everything from modern mountain designs to established cottages and condos to rambling ranches are sprinkled throughout the area. There are also many lots available to build your dream home from scratch. Schools in nearby Waynesville serve Lake Junaluska families.
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