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Improvements Made to Lake Junaluska’s Francis Asbury Trail


LAKE JUNALUSKA, N.C. – Improvements have been made to the Francis Asbury Trail, one of the oldest parts of the Lake Junaluska Walking Trail. This section of the trail, which runs from the butterfly garden to the bridge over the dam, was closed last week so that this stage of improvements could be quickly completed.

Adam Hambleton, of local lawn maintenance company Hambleton Services, in conjunction with Roddy Ray, grounds and landscape manager at Lake Junaluska, carefully marked beneficial native trees, including dogwoods and redbuds, which would be preserved along the trail. Hambleton’s crew removed small, invasive species of plants, trees and shrubbery along the trail and used a grass trimmer to clear the area of overgrowth.

The purpose of the clean-up is to beautify the area and to enable those walking on the trail to have a view of the lake. The next step in the project is the addition of mulch and the improvement of erosion control along both sides of the trail.

These improvements were made possible by a charitable gift given by Grace and her late husband David Stallings of Cairo, Georgia. While walking her dogs along the Francis Asbury Trail, Grace Stallings noticed that the area was in need of attention and felt moved to give a gift for improvements to the trail. Her generosity allowed changes to be made that might not have been possible otherwise. The Stallings’ gift, as well as those given by many others, allow for the beautification and upkeep of the grounds surrounding the lake.

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Mary Bates
Lake Junaluska
PO Box 67, Lake Junaluska, NC 28745