Lake Junaluska offers uniquely beautiful venues to visitors who seek peaceful settings for quiet contemplation. Please refer to the downloadable Lake Junaluska Map (.pdf) for the locations mentioned below. Enjoy the gardens as part of a day visit or Lake Junaluska getaway.
THE JUNALUSKA CROSS
A beacon of light and hope, the Junaluska Cross was constructed by The Federation of Wesley Bible Classes of the Western North Carolina Conference in 1922. A five-foot stone base supports the twenty-five-foot high Cross, which contains approximately 200 energy-efficient light bulbs for illumination. Directly below the Cross lies the Junaluska Amphitheater, which was constructed in 1988 by the Junaluska Associates. The Cross and the amphitheater provide prime locations for weddings, vesper services, the annual Easter sunrise service and summer youth event worship services.
Inspiration Point is located adjacent to the Lambuth Inn, overlooking the Junaluska Cross. The Point boasts unparalleled lake, mountain and sky views and beautifully landscaped gardens that are in full bloom from early spring through fall. The gardens feature more than 30 different species of plants, including natives and hybrids. In concert with the gardens, the Point’s sculpture of the Christ and Memorial Cross provide focal points for visitors’ reflection and inspiration.
When in bloom, the Rose Walk is another scenic treasure found along Lake Junaluska’s walking path. It was conceived in 1962 when Dr. Lee F. Tuttle, the World Methodist Council General Secretary from 1960 to 1976, planted roses along a section of Lakeshore Drive across from the World Methodist Building. In 1969, the Lake Junaluska Cottage Owners paid to pave the walk and place lights along it. The walk was rebuilt and repaved as a project of the Junaluska Associates in 1993.
Located on the front grounds of the Bethea Welcome Center, the Lake Junaluska Biblical Garden was created as a place of beauty and peace. It incorporates plants mentioned in the Bible, including herbs, figs, pomegranates and vines. It also features plants representative of those in the Bible that are more suited to our climate and terrain. A cascading water feature represents justice and righteousness (Amos 5:24) and a Zimbabwe Shona sculpture adds global character to the garden.
SUSANNA WESLEY GARDEN
Named for John Wesley’s mother, the Susanna Wesley Garden is a place for prayer and meditation. Dr. Lee F. Tuttle, the World Methodist Council General Secretary from 1960 to 1976, created the Susanna Wesley Garden. The garden is located near The Terrace Hotel. Boasting beautiful color in the spring, summer and fall, the garden is open to the public daily from sunrise to sunset. It is also available for private functions including weddings, receptions, garden clubs and more.
CORNEILLE BRYAN NATIVE GARDEN
Nestled within Stuart Circle, the Corneille Bryan Native Garden is a serene escape for nature lovers. It features more than 500 species of native plants and is a haven for birdlife. Each season of the year provides visitors with the opportunity to see a variety of plants in bloom; early spring is an especially exciting time to visit as the garden awakens from its winter rest. The garden was created in memory of Corneille Downer Bryan, the wife of Bishop Monk Bryan.
As you enter the Francis Asbury portion of the Lake Junaluska Walking Trail, you'll spot a little garden off to your right. The Butterfly Garden has spectacular views of the lake and mountains beyond and is home to butterflies for most of the year. Make a special visit to the Butterfly Garden in September or October when migrating monarch butterflies stop for nourishment as they head south for the winter. In 2016, Lake Junaluska became a Monarch Waystation, which makes us part of a nation-wide program that creates, conserves and protects monarch habitats.
The first labyrinth at Lake Junaluska was built through the love and devotion of Joy and Jimmy Carr, who wanted to create a sacred space for spiritual transformation. Through the generous support of donors, this path was improved in 2017 to ensure the space will be available for generations to come. The labyrinth is located on the lawn east of Memorial Chapel.
The labyrinth is found in many cultures and religious traditions as a walking meditation or path of prayer. Christians began using labyrinths in the Middle Ages as a metaphor for going on a transformational journey to the Heart of God through Jesus Christ. We welcome you to walk our labyrinth as a spiritual practice or an opportunity to quiet your mind.
MEDITATION AND FISHING PIER
Lake Junaluska constructed a new meditation and fishing pier that extends over 40 feet into the water. The pier, located along the Lake Junaluska Walking Trail on the south end of the Memorial Chapel parking lot, provides a place for meditation and reflection with incredible lake views.
Erle and Mary Peacock, former summer residents of Lake Junaluska, inspired the funding of the project. The Peacock family has a history with the lake that spans back to its creation. After Erle and Mary’s deaths, their family decided to commemorate the couple’s love for Lake Junaluska — and Erle’s passion for fishing — by building a new pier for meditation, fishing and viewing the vistas of the lake and mountains.