This hidden jewel is tucked away close the busy I-40 interstate, and only a 10-minute drive from cute and historic mountain town of Waynesville and 30 minutes from Asheville. 

We did not take a dogmatic path for our stay at Lake Junaluska, we instead walked together to soak up the peaceful, silent energy and see where it led us. Here are a few things that await you in this pretty North Carolina lake. 

Walk the Labyrinth

A labyrinth is a walking meditation, or path or prayer found in many cultural and religious traditions around the world. Set your intention as you begin – what you hope to release or find an answer to – and as you wind back and forth towards the middle, start to let it all go.

Lake Junaluska Walking Trail

You can walk the 3.8-mile full perimeter of the lake or cross the footbridge to shorten it to 2.3 miles. There are several resting points for meditation and reflection along the way and to soak up the panoramic views the water and surrounding Blue Ridge mountains. 

Find Inspiration at Lake Junaluska Cross

It’s a place of enduring light and hope, especially during these turbulent times and glows across the lake at night. 

Sunset at Lake Junaluska

Reflect with gratitude at the base of the iconic illuminated Junaluska cross at Inspiration Point as the sunsets behind the mountains bathing the area in glowing orange and pinks of dusk. 

Lake Junaluska Sunrise

Catch the early rays shimmering across the lake as the mist rises and the birds start to sing. It’s the serenity and stillness you need to hear the whispers of your soul.