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Lake Junaluska is your place in the mountains, and we are conveniently located near so many of Western North Carolina's attractions including the Blue Ridge Parkway, Pisgah National Forest, Great Smoky Mountains National Park and so much more!

Downtown Waynesville 

Discover unique shopping experiences in Downtown Waynesville, Frog Level and Hazelwood. From local pottery to books to homemade desserts and cider, there are unique gifts for everyone. Waynesville also has a wide selection of restaurants. Some of our favorites include The Sweet Onion, Angelo's Family Pizza, Boojum, Orchard Coffee Shop and Birchwood Hall. Learn more. 

Maggie Valley

Enjoy a trip to Maggie Valley, just a short drive away from Lake Junaluska. From elk watching in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park to exploring the Wheels Through Time Museum and Cataloochee Ski Area, there is something for the whole family to enjoy. Learn more. 

The Biltmore Estate

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.

Great Smoky Mountains Railroad

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 is truly spectacular with 53 miles of track, two tunnels and 25 bridges.

Historic Cherokee

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 on the “Trail of Tears” in the 1830s. Preserving the heritage and culture of their people, Cherokee has much to offer. Learn more. 

Blue Ridge Parkway

The Blue Ride 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. Learn more

Pisgah National Forest

Pisgah National Forest is a waterfall lover's paradise. With six different waterfalls located within six miles of the United States' first forestry school, the Cradle of Forestry, there's so much to explore. Pisgah is home to more than 500,000 acres of hardwood forest, whitewater rivers, waterfalls and top hiking trails. It's one of the nation's best places to go for outdoor recreation and is located both north and south of Asheville. 

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

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. 

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