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About Lake Junaluska 


Welcome to Lake Junaluska!

The mission of Lake Junaluska is to be a place of Christian hospitality where lives are transformed through renewal of soul, mind, and body. This hospitality is provided to ALL persons, without discrimination.

Ideally situated in a mountain valley, Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center provides a welcome change from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

Escape to one of our lakeside hotels or relax on a front porch rocking chair, gazing at the lake and the panoramic vistas of the Blue Ridge and Great Smoky Mountains. You’ll enjoy comfortable summers, followed by glorious falls. While winter’s snowfall blankets local mountains, our valley is mostly mild and easy to access. Spring is always spectacular with the abounding beauty of trees and flowers.

Steeped in Wesleyan heritage, Lake Junaluska first opened its doors at Stuart Auditorium in 1913. We are historically connected to The United Methodist Church and open to the public year round for conferences, group retreats, recreation, weddings, reunions, family events and vacations.

For more than 100 years, we have been a home for people seeking relaxation, recreation and renewal. Whether for a weekend getaway or week-long conference let us be your place in the mountains. Come and join us this year!

Lake Junaluska Address:
91 N. Lakeshore Dr.
Lake Junaluska, NC 28745

Frequently Asked Questions


  • Are you open year-round?  Yes.
  • Do I have to participate in an event or program to stay at Lake Junaluska?  No, individuals, families and groups are welcome to stay at Lake Junaluska for vacations, meetings, reunions or weddings.
  • Do you have a campground?  Yes, the Lake Junaluska Campground is full-service.
  • Where do I go to check in?  The Bethea Welcome Center. Visit our page for directions
  • Can I come just to visit, not to attend a conference?  Yes.  Visit our Specials & Packages page to see what else is happening at Lake Junaluska.
  • Do I have to bring linens and towels?  Linens and towels are provided, and there is daily housekeeping service in all the facilities next to the lake.
  • Do I have to be a Methodist? No, all are welcome at Lake Junaluska.
  • What is there to do at the lake? There is a 3.8-mile walking trail around the lake, seasonal boat rides, a playground area for young children, two museums, a swimming pool, miniature golf, shuffleboard, and tennis. For more information, please visit our Activities page.
  • Can I fish in the lake?  Yes, with a valid NC fishing license. Learn more here.
  • Do you have any packages with area attractions, such as the Biltmore Estate, rafting, and skiing?  We offer seasonal packages that include all of these attractions. These packages include lodging, meals and admission tickets. These attractions can also be included in a custom package.
  • Where are you located?  We are centrally located in the southeastern United States near the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Visit our page for directions to Lake Junaluska from Asheville, Knoxville and Atlanta.
  • How do I get around the lake? We have a Facilities Map that will help you navigate your way around property, as well as a Hand Drawn Map with recognizable landmarks. 
  • Is Lake Junaluska a nonprofit organization? Lake Junaluska is a non-profit organization. To view a copy of the IRS 990 form, please contact us.  

    Lake Junaluska Executive Director: Ken Howle
    Lake Junaluska General Manager: Mike Huber