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Lake-Junaluska is a lovely lake and community of about 2,600, located just two miles from Maggie Valley near Waynesville. Attractions include the Lake Junaluska Assembly Golf Course, where several holes provide incredible views of the 200-acre lake and the surrounding mountains. Tennis courts and a pool are also located at Lake Junaluska, plus there is a very nice walking trail that encircles the entire lake. There are tons of other attractions and activities in the nearby region. The Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the Pisgah National Forest and the Harmon Den Wildlife Refuge make up about 40 percent of the surrounding area. Outdoor recreation includes whitewater rafting, fishing and boating, horseback riding, mountain biking and hiking and snow skiing at Maggie Valley. The town of Waynesville is home to the Cataloochee Ski Resort and has a charming old-fashioned downtown with arts & crafts and antiques shops. The Great Smoky Mountain Railroad and the Cherokee Indian Reservation and Casino are just a short drive from Lake Junaluska and the magnificent Biltmore House in Asheville is just minutes away.

Surrounding areas: Clyde, North Carolina (3.0 mi), Waynesville, North Carolina (3.0 mi), Maggie Valley, North Carolina (6.2 mi), Cruso, North Carolina (11.4 mi), Sylva, North Carolina (18.2 mi), Black Mountain, North Carolina (18.9 mi), Cullowhee, North Carolina (19.0 mi)

Lake Junaluska Vacation Rentals

Lake Junaluska Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Super 879 Liner Cove RdWaynesville, NC (828) 454-9667
Econo Lodge1202 Russ AveWaynesville, NC2.2 mi.(828) 452-0353
Best Western Smoky Mountain Inn130 Shiloh TrlWaynesville, NC3.0 mi.(828) 456-4402
Grandview Londge809 Valleyview Cir RdWaynesville, NC3.0 mi.(828) 456-5212
Quality Inn70 Soco RdMaggie Valley, NC4.1 mi.(828) 926-0201
Comfort Inn848 Soco RdMaggie Valley, NC5.1 mi.(828) 926-9106
Best Western Mountainbrook Inn3811 Soco RdMaggie Valley, NC5.2 mi.(828) 926-3962
Meadowlark Motel2878 Soco RdMaggie Valley, NC5.2 mi.(828) 926-1717
Microtel Inn & Suites3777 Soco RdMaggie Valley, NC5.2 mi.(888) 771-7171
Ramada LTD4048 Soco RdMaggie Valley, NC5.2 mi.(828) 926-7800
Comfort Inn Of CantonI-40 At Exit 31 Champion DrCanton, NC7.1 mi.(828) 648-4881
Econo Lodge Canton55 Buckeye CV RdCanton, NC7.1 mi.(828) 648-0300
Best Western Mountainbrook Inn1021 Soco Rd Hwy 19Maggie Valley, NC7.6 mi.(828) 926-3962
Maggie Valley Holiday Motel Inc851 Seco RdMaggie Valley, NC7.6 mi.(828) 926-1186
Balsam Mountain InnBalsam MTN Inn RdBalsam, NC9.7 mi.(704) 456-9498
Days Inn West2551 Smokey Park HwyCandler, NC11.7 mi.(828) 667-9321
Comfort InnHwy 23/74Sylva, NC18.2 mi.(828) 586-3315
Ramada Plaza Hotel-west435 Smokey Park HwyAsheville, NC18.3 mi.(704) 665-2161
Red Roof Inn #14616 Crowell RdAsheville, NC18.4 mi.(704) 667-9803
Comfort Inn West15 Crowell RdAsheville, NC18.5 mi.(828) 665-6500
Super8 West8 Crowell RdAsheville, NC18.5 mi.(828) 667-8706
Best Western Biltmore W275 Smokey Park HwyAsheville, NC18.7 mi.(828) 667-4501
Sleep Inn1918 Old Haywood RdAsheville, NC18.7 mi.(828) 670-7600
University Inn563 N Country CLB DrCullowhee, NC19.0 mi.(828) 293-5442
Baymont Inn-Cherokee/Smoky MTNS1455 Acquoni RdCherokee, NC19.6 mi.(828) 497-2102
Best Western Great Smokies Inn1636 Acquoni RdCherokee, NC19.6 mi.(828) 497-2020
Best Western River Escape Inn And Suites248 Wbi DrDillsboro, NC19.6 mi.(828) 586-6060
Mountain Creek Cottages162 Dicks CRK RdDillsboro, NC19.6 mi.(704) 586-6042
Comfort Suites Biltmore Square Mall890 Brevard RdAsheville, NC20.1 mi.(704) 665-4000
Fairfield Inn & Suites11 Rocky Ridge RdAsheville, NC20.1 mi.(828) 665-4242
Hampton Inn1 Rocky Ridge RdAsheville, NC20.1 mi.(828) 667-2022
Super 8 Biltmore9 Wedgefield DrAsheville, NC20.1 mi.(828) 670-8800
Comfort Suites35 Hwy 441 NorthCherokee, NC20.1 mi.(828) 497-3500
Days Inn Smokey Mountain Inn660 Painttown RdCherokee, NC20.1 mi.(828) 497-2300
Econo LodgeUs Hwy 19Cherokee, NC20.1 mi.(828) 497-4575
Fairfield Inn & Suite - Cherokee568 Painttown RdCherokee, NC20.1 mi.(828) 497-0400
Hampton Inn185 Tsalagi RdCherokee, NC20.1 mi.(828) 497-3115
Holiday Inn CherokeeHwy 19 WCherokee, NC20.1 mi.(828) 497-9181
Holiday Inn Expres Hotel & Suites376 Paint Town RdCherokee, NC20.1 mi.(828) 497-3113
Holiday InnHwy 19 SCherokee, NC20.1 mi.(828) 497-9181
Bed & Breakfast
Freeze House Bed And Breakfast71 Sylvan HeightsSylva, NC18.2 mi.(828) 586-8161

Lake Junaluska Weather & Climate

The weather in Asheville and the surrounding areas is hard to predict. The city of Asheville sits in a valley at about 2,200 feet and is surrounded by mountains of more than 6,000 feet in elevation. Temperatures usually run 10 to 25 degrees cooler in the higher elevations than in the city. Spring has mild days and cool nights with some rainy days. Summer is warm and humid with scattered afternoon thunderstorms. Temperatures rarely rise above 90 degrees in this region (or above 80 at elevations of 5,000 feet or higher.) Conditions cool down a little by October, and that is also the best month to view the spectacular fall foliage. In winter, the high mountains protect the city and outlying areas, so there is seldom a major snowfall. Highs run in the 40s and 50s.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 47°F 21°F 4.62 in. -
February 50°F 24°F 4.54 in. -
March 58°F 30°F 5.24 in. -
April 65°F 37°F 3.84 in. -
May 73°F 46°F 4.43 in. -
June 79°F 53°F 4.03 in. -
July 82°F 57°F 3.59 in. -
August 81°F 56°F 4.11 in. -
September 76°F 50°F 3.60 in. -
October 67°F 37°F 2.92 in. -
November 58°F 29°F 3.81 in. -
December 50°F 24°F 4.04 in. -

Lake Junaluska Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Asheville Regional airport (AVL) located about 24 miles southeast of Lake Junaluska in Asheville, North Carolina, the Greenville Spartanburg International airport (GSP) located approximately 60 miles southeast of Lake Junaluska in Greer, South Carolina, the Mc Ghee Tyson airport (TYS) located roughly 61 miles southeast of Lake Junaluska in Knoxville, Tennessee, the Donaldson Center airport (GYH) located around 62 miles southeast of Lake Junaluska in Greenville, South Carolina, and finally the Tri Cities Regional Tn Va airport (TRI) located about 72 miles northeast of Lake Junaluska in Bristol Johnson Kingsport, Tennessee.

Lake Junaluska Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
Ghost Town in the SkyMaggie ValleyNC7.6 mi.
Cherokee Fun ParkCherokeeNC20.1 mi.
Santa's LandCherokeeNC20.1 mi.
DollywoodPigeon ForgeTN37.8 mi.
Rockin' RacewayPigeon ForgeTN37.8 mi.
NASCAR SpeedParkSeviervilleTN41.0 mi.
Water Parks
Lake Lanier Island Beach & Water ParkLake Lanier IslandGA111.2 mi.
Golf Courses
Lake Junaluska Golf CourseWaynesvilleNC3.4 mi.
Laurel Ridge Country ClubWaynesvilleNC3.4 mi.
Buncombe County Municipal Golf CourseAshevilleNC23.2 mi.
Smoky Mountain Country ClubWhittierNC23.3 mi.
Connestee Falls Golf CourseBrevardNC23.7 mi.
Glen Cannon Country ClubBrevardNC23.7 mi.
Sherwood Forest Golf ClubBrevardNC23.7 mi.
Mountain Brook Golf ClubAlbemarleNC24.5 mi.
Reems Creek Golf CourseWeavervilleNC25.3 mi.
High Vista Country ClubArdenNC25.9 mi.
Brookwood Golf ClubArdenNC26.7 mi.
Broadmoor Golf LinksFletcherNC26.9 mi.
Trillium Links & Lake ClubCashiersNC29.7 mi.
Ski Areas
CataloocheeMaggie ValleyNC7.6 mi.
Ski Wolf LaurelMars HillNC31.1 mi.
Scaly MountainScaly MountainNC40.8 mi.
Ski BeechBanner ElkNC75.3 mi.
Sugar Mountain Ski AreaBanner ElkNC75.3 mi.
Hawksnest Golf & Ski ResortSeven DevilsNC76.8 mi.
State Parks
Caesars Head State ParkSC35.6 mi. 
Table Rock State ParkSC37.4 mi. 
South Carolina Gold MuseumPickensSC46.7 mi.(Miscellaneous)
Bob Jones University Museum & GalleryGreenvilleSC56.6 mi.(Art)
Zoos and Aquariums
Western North Carolina Nature CenterAshevilleNC23.6 mi.
Greenville ZooGreenvilleSC56.6 mi.
Knoxville Zoological GardensKnoxvilleTN61.5 mi.

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