Lake Junaluska is an unincorporated community under the direction of The Lake Junaluska Assembly Board of Directors of The United Methodist Church. It is home to The World Methodist Council and the Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center. All denominations are welcome to visit and live at Lake Junaluska. Lake Junaluska had its beginnings at the Laymen’s Conference of The Methodists Episcopal Church, South in 1908. The first conference was held and the first cottages were completed in 1913.
Today there are approximately 780 residential property owners and about half of these are year-round residents. The total area of the Lake Junaluska's grounds is 1,200 acres. The lake is approximately 200 acres and its elevation is 2,560 feet above sea level. The dam is 900 feet long and 60 feet high at the highest point. The Assembly Public Works department provides common community services for The Lake Junaluska Assembly. Our office oversees property sales, construction, water distribution, sewer service, solid waste disposal, street maintenance, and security.
The Lake Junaluska community is blessed with several active organizations. The Junaluska Assembly Community Council (JACC) is an elected council that advises Assembly Public Works. Lake Junaluska Assembly Property Owners Organization (LJAPOO) meets regularly to provide a forum for property owner concerns.
The Junaluskans is a service organization with monthly morning meetings and evening dinners. The Junaluska Associates meet annually and raise funds for worthwhile projects in the community. The Presidents of The Junaluskans, LJAPOO, The Associates and the Chair of JACC are members of the LJA Board of Directors. The Woman’s Club sponsors an annual Fashion Show and supports many Assembly projects. The musically gifted may join The Choral Society or enjoy the music of The Junaluska Singers. There are many small fellowship groups, organized by the Junaluskans that meet in settings unique to each group.
Events such as Road Scholar, Vesper Services, concerts, and festivals provide special opportunities for residents and guests. Lake Junaluska's grounds also contain The SEJ Heritage Center, The World Methodist Museum, The Bryan Native Gardens, The Golf Course, Susanna Wesley Gardens, the Biblical Garden, Fulbright Park, The Intentional Growth Center, Memorial Chapel, and many beautiful walking paths. Junaluskans are proud of the beauty, history, and unique nature of their community.
The Conference and Retreat Center
The Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center is a year round facility operated by The Lake Junaluska Assembly Board of Directors. There are approximately 700 hotel rooms, apartments, varied food service, meeting rooms, camping and recreational facilities. Stuart Auditorium seats approximately 2,000. Lake Junaluska offer a variety of events and activities for the community, which can be seen at the Lake Junaluska event calendar.
The Conference Center office is located in The Bethea Welcome Center.
PO Box 67
Lake Junaluska, NC 28745
Phone number: 828-452-2881
The Youth Center, Gym, Pool, canoes, paddle boats, volleyball, shuffleboard, mini-golf, and tennis courts are managed by The Conference Center. Recreational Passes are required for the use of these facilities. Recreational Passes may be purchased on a daily, weekly, or seasonal basis at The Administration Building or The Pool. Recreational Passes also entitle the bearer to discounts at The Golf Course. The Play Ground is managed by The Children’s Ministries . A minimal daily charge is required in season. Meeting rooms and catering services are available through The Conference Center. Lake Junaluska property owners receive a discounted rate on Recreational Passes.
Map of Lake Junaluska (.pdf)