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Friends of the Lake

Friends of the Lake Circle:
Making Connections Happen

A significant part of experiencing Lake Junaluska includes slowing down the hectic pace of everyday life and finding true connections with family, friends and faith. These connections happen in a variety of ways at Lake Junaluska:

  • A young couple connects while strolling along the Rose Walk and dreaming of their future life together.
  • A family connects while competing in the Fourth of July Family Olympics.
  • Grandparents connect with their grandchildren while teaching them how to fish from the pier.

A common thread in almost every experience at Lake Junaluska is the connection we feel to nature, enhanced by the overwhelming beauty of the grounds. Not only do we have unparalleled vistas of the Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains, but we also have places like Inspiration Point where visitors can immerse themselves in a spectacular garden and a sense of wonder.

These experiences are made possible because of the support of people like you. As a way to recognize people who support Friends of the Lake, Lake Junaluska has established the Friends of the Lake Circle, a part of the Lake Junaluska Annual Fund. The Circle recognizes donors who give $500 or more to the lake, grounds and recreation at Lake Junaluska.

When you make a gift to Friends of the Lake, you are ensuring that Lake Junaluska continues to be a beloved place where the community can enjoy the walking trail, gardens and breathtaking vistas.

If you have questions or would like to donate, please contact the Development Office at 828-454-6749 or

Online Donations see below

Phone Donations

To make a donation by phone, call the Office of Development 
at 828-454-6749 or toll free at 866-256-1079.

Mail Donations

To make a donation by mail, send to

Lake Junaluska Assembly Inc. 
The Office of Development 
PO Box 67
Lake Junaluska, NC 28745

Friends of the Lake 5K Road Race & Walk

Saturday, September 4, 2021

The Friends of the Lake 5K Road Race & Walk is a charitable event to support the recreation opportunities of Lake Junaluska through the Friends of the Lake program. 100 percent of the profit from this event goes to the annual maintenance and improvement of the recreation areas at Lake Junaluska, which annually costs over $250,000. By participating in this year's Friends of the Lake 5K Road Race & Walk, you are supporting the Friends of the Lake program. Read More

Friends of the Lake Sponsors

Corporate and individual supporters make Friends of the Lake possible. Thank you to the 2021 Friends of the Lake Sponsors:

  • Smoky Mountain News
  • RCF Construction, Inc.
  • Clark & Leatherwood, Inc.
  • The Mountaineer
  • Evergreen Packaging
  • Haywood Ace Hardware
  • Melrose Law, PLLC