Health & Safety During Your Visit

More Navigation

Back to Press Releases

Lake Junaluska Walking Trail and Bridge Closed Wednesday for Improvements


LAKE JUNALUSKA, N.C. – The bridge over the dam and the Francis Asbury Trail section of the Lake Junaluska Walking Trail will be closed to pedestrian traffic on Wednesday, Sept. 27 from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.

This next step in the Francis Asbury Trail project will replace gravel along the trail in places it has been washed away, and continue to beautify areas for peaceful mediation around the waterfall and benches. Significant improvements along the Francis Asbury Trail have already taken place thanks to a charitable gift given by Grace and her late husband David Stallings of Cairo, Georgia. This section of the trail runs from the butterfly garden to the bridge over the dam.

At the same time as these improvements, decking on portions of the footbridge over the dam will be temporarily removed to allow surveyors access to bridge infrastructure.

The Lake Junaluska bridge has served as a vehicular route and pedestrian walkway for more than 100 years. In the fall of 2016, the bridge was closed to vehicular traffic due to deterioration of the bridge’s steel support beams. This summer, the Board of Trustees voted to restore the bridge to vehicular and pedestrian traffic, a project which is estimated to cost more than $1 million. Deconstruction of the bridge has already begun and the surveying set to take place next week will give further insight into the restoration needs of the bridge.

Both projects will significantly improve the experience for visitors to the Lake Junaluska Walking Trail.

To support the bridge restoration project, visit or call 828-454-6680. For more information on charitable giving or to support the Francis Asbury Trail improvements, visit or contact the Office of Development at

Lake Junaluska is a place of Christian hospitality where lives are transformed through renewal of soul, mind and body. For more information about Lake Junaluska programs and events, visit


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