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About The Community
Lake Junaluska is an unincorporated community under the direction of The Lake Junaluska Assembly Board of Trustees. It is home to the Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center, the World Methodist Council and Intentional Growth Center. People of all denominations are welcome to visit and live in the community.
Lake Junaluska had its beginnings on June 25, 1913, when the first conference took place on the new Assembly grounds. By the end of 1913, thirteen private homes had been built, the large auditorium (now known as Stuart Auditorium) was finished and the dam was completed, with water beginning to fill the lake. Today, there are approximately 800 residential property owners and about half of these are year-round residents. The total area of Lake Junaluska’s grounds is about 1,200 acres, with the lake itself measuring approximately 200 acres at an elevation of 2,560 feet above sea level. The dam is 900 feet long and 60 feet high at the highest point.
Lake Junaluska Assembly Public Works provides a variety of services to the community, including water/sewer service, storm water management, streets and garbage collection.
The Lake Junaluska community is home to several active resident organizations:
- The Junaluska Assembly Community Council (JACC) is an elected council that advises Assembly Public Works.
- Lake Junaluska Assembly Property Owners Organization (LJAPOO) meets regularly to provide a forum for property owner concerns.
- The Junaluskans is a service organization with monthly morning meetings and evening dinners.
- The Junaluska Associates meet annually and raise funds for worthwhile projects in the community.
- The Women’s Club sponsors an annual Fashion Show and supports many projects for the community and for the conference center.
The Presidents of The Junaluskans, LJAPOO, The Associates and the Chair of JACC are members of the LJA Board of Directors. The musically gifted may join The Haywood Community Chorus, sponsored by the Junaluskans, or enjoy the music of The Junaluska Singers. There are also many small fellowship groups, organized by the Junaluskans, which meet in settings unique to each group. Events such as Road Scholar, Vesper services, concerts and festivals provide special opportunities for residents and guests.
Recreational Activities & Facilities
At Lake Junaluska, you will find two museums: the World Methodist Council Museum, home to the largest collection of artifacts commemorating the earliest beginnings of the Wesleyan movement, as well as the SEJ Heritage Center and Museum, which offers an extensive history of Lake Junaluska and the Southeastern Jurisdiction of the United Methodist Church.
Also be sure to stop by Junaluska Gifts & Grounds for a hot cup of coffee or unique gift. Connect with a good book at the Lake Junaluska Library in Harrell Center or visit the Lake Junaluska Golf Course to take in a round on this beautiful 18-hole course. During summer, take a dip in the pool at the Lake Junaluska Aquatic Center, paddle across the lake on a canoe, kayak or paddleboard, or play a game of tennis, mini golf or shuffleboard. The 24-hour Lake Junaluska Fitness Center, a partnership with Agape Senior and Pfeiffer University, offers flexible memberships and a variety of workout equipment for those looking to improve or maintain fitness. If some quiet contemplation or a peaceful connection with nature is sought, Lake Junaluska offers several beautiful venues, such as the Corneille Bryan Native Garden, Susanna Wesley Garden, Biblical Garden, Inspiration Point, the Lake Junaluska Walking Trail, the Rose Walk and the Labyrinth located on the east lawn of Memorial Chapel.
Those who live at Lake Junaluska are proud of the beauty, history and unique nature of their community. The Conference and Retreat Center offers daily or seasonal passes for the pool and boat rentals, or equipment rental for tennis, mini golf and shuffleboard. Passes for recreation can be purchased from the Bethea Welcome Center, and discounts are offered for Lake Junaluska property owners.
The Conference and Retreat Center
The Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center is a year-round facility operated by The Lake Junaluska Assembly Board of Trustees. There are approximately 400 hotel rooms and apartments, varied food service venues, meeting rooms, RV and camping sites and recreational facilities. The historic Stuart Auditorium seats approximately 2,000 and serves as a wonderful musical and performing arts venue, as well as a meeting space for large conference groups. Each year, the Conference and Retreat Center hosts hundreds of events. Groups of varying sizes, denominations and purposes, as well as leisure travelers from around the world, come to Lake Junaluska to relax and renew. Many of the events and activities at Lake Junaluska are open to the community and can be seen on the event calendar. Meeting rooms and catering services are also available through the conference center.