Lake Junaluska Conference & Retreat Center is your place in the mountains, and we are conveniently located near so many of Western North Carolina's attractions. We partner with several area attractions to provide packages and discount tickets. This is just a short list of the many attractions to visit in our area.
When visitors plan a trip to the Biltmore Estate, they often think first of Biltmore House with its 250-rooms of art and antiques, but there's so much more to George W. Vanderbilt's historic property in the mountains of Western North Carolina. Whether a guest's interest lies in food and wine, gardening, history, agriculture, family activities or just escaping the everyday, Biltmore has an event or activity to suit.
With the romance and mystique of an era gone by, guests on board the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad will enjoy scenic train journeys across fertile valleys, into tunnels and through river gorges. This section of western North Carolina offers a wide array of ever changing vegetation and fantastic landscapes. The Great Smoky Mountains Railroad, located is truly spectacular with 53 miles of track, two tunnels and 25 bridges.
The Wheels Through Time Museum is home to the world's premier collection of rare American Vintage motorcycles. Located 5 miles from the Blue Ridge parkway in beautiful Maggie Valley, NC, this All-American motorcycle museum houses over 300 of America's rarest and most historic classic motorcycles, with over 24 marques on display.
What is now Western North Carolina has been part of the homeland of the Cherokee people for untold centuries. Today’s Eastern Band members are direct descendents of those who avoided the Cherokees’ forced removal to Oklahoma in the 1830’s the “Trail of Tears.” Preserving the heritage and culture of their people, Cherokee has much to offer:
The Blue Ridge Parkway is literally the "backbone" of a great scenic mountain region embracing the Southern (and highest) portion of the Appalachian mountain range, an area of approximately 20,000 square miles. Opening up vast mountain areas for the benefit and enjoyment of all, the Parkway forms a broad avenue of approach, and at the same time a high balcony from which to view the natural wonders of this mountain region.
From black bears to salamanders. Old-growth forests to spring wildflowers. Log cabins to grist mills. Great Smoky Mountains National Park offers a myriad of opportunities for exploring and discovering both the natural and cultural history of these ancient mountains.
Take time to enjoy all that the region has to offer during your visit to Lake Junaluska Conference & Retreat Center.
Discover unique shopping experiences in Waynesville, Frog Level and Hazelwood. From local pottery to books to homemade desserts and cider, there are unique gifts for everyone. Download a local shopping guide.
The nearby towns of Maggie Valley and Waynesville have a wide selection of restaurants. Some of our favorites include Bogarts, The Sweet Onion, Angelo's Family Pizza, Apple Creek Cafe and Blossom on Main. See more local restaurants.