North Carolina’s Lake Junaluska

The residents of Lake Keowee are spoiled to the pristine waters of Keowee and nearby Lake Jocassee but not too far is another lovely lake to visit.
Lake Junaluska is at the foot of the Great Smokey Mountains, near Waynesville and Maggie Valley so makes a pleasant stop for anyone near Asheville (only about 30 minutes out).
This 200 acre lake, very small compared to Lake Keowee’s estimated 18,500 acres of water coverage, still provides a lovely location for a day trip or weekend away.
From Memorial Day through Labor Day, kayak, canoe and paddleboard rentals are available to enjoy Lake Junaluska or you may take a boat tour and just side back and relax on the water. For those walking enthusiasts, there is a nearly 4 mile paved path that winds around the lake with many resting spots along the way. Those who enjoy bird watching will find this to be a favorite spot as well with the Corneille Bryan Native Garden, a haven for various birdlife. This garden is also a lovely spot to stop and smell the roses.
After you have walked or paddles up an appetite, you may dine at one of the various restaurants in the area, such as The Terrace’s buffet-style option or perhaps the Lake Junaluska Soda Shop for a sweet treat.