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Lake Junaluska Walking Trail


Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center offers a wonderful and serene 3.8-mile walking trail that circles the lake. Visitors can enjoy the beautiful mountainous landscape that surrounds the lake as they take a leisurely stroll. Visitors can shorten the loop to 2.3 miles by crossing the Turbeville Footbridge and the bridge above the dam. The 3.8-mile walking trail loops along the highway and allows visitors to walk past the Bethea Welcome Center, the Foundation for Evangelism and many other sites that cannot be directly seen from the 2.3-mile walking trail.

Temporary Trail Use Guidelines


The Lake Junaluska Walking Trail remains open with additional guidelines in place to promote social distancing and safety in accordance with CDC and local guidelines related to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

  • Stay 6 feet apart from other people.
  • Stay home if you or someone in your household is sick.
  • Don't hold social or family gatherings, such as picnics.
  • Contact sports are prohibited.
  • Restrooms are closed. Please plan ahead.
  • Leave no trace.
  • Encourage other users to follow these guidelines.
  • Walkers interested in loops shorter than the 2.3-mile or 3.8-mile one-way loop around the lake are asked to review the map of alternate, shorter routes (PDF) to preserve the one-way portions of the trail.

For more information, visit Lake Junaluska's Coronavirus (COVID-19) updates page and review the Haywood County Coronavirus Information page, which contains resources including details of the local stay home proclamation. 

Walking Trail Sign
The Lake Junaluska Walking Trail

About the Trail

The entire Lake Junaluska Walking Trail is paved and is mostly flat, making it an ideal spot for families. It was named the top pick for Accessible Trails near Asheville by Romantic Asheville Travel Guide. The Walking Trail has a number of gazebos and benches for visitors to stop and rest as they enjoy the stunning mountain vistas that surround Lake Junaluska on all sides. Another point of interest along the walking trail is the Rose Walk, which includes more than 200 hybrid tea, grandiflora and floribunda roses.

Along the trail, visitors will take in the historic buildings located around Lake Junaluska. For more information about these buildings and locations, visitors are encouraged to download and print our Walking Trail Guide (,pdf). The walking trail guide contains photos and historical information regarding the legacy of many of the buildings and scenery around the lake.

Rose Walk on Lake Junaluska Walking Trail

Support the Walking Trail

The Walking Trail is supported 100% by charitable giving.

Your gift today will help preserve and maintain the Walking Trail. 


(Choose “Lake, Grounds, & Recreation” in the donation dropdown menu to make a gift in support of the Walking Trail.)

Thank you!