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Vacation rentals in Lake Junaluska

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Cottage in Lake Junaluska
Beck Inn and Lake Junaluska, NC - Lake home
We beckon ("Beck Inn") you to visit our delightful home in the heart of Lake Junaluska. Our three bedroom, three bathroom home has a mid-century/modern feel, with a giant balcony. It's a three minute walk to the lake. It has all the amenities of home but with the feel of getting away from it all. We're sure you'll love your stay in this ideal location. North Carolina's iconic Blue Ridge Parkway, skiing, hiking, golfing & brewery scene are a short drive. Come create special memories in our home.
$80 per night
Guest suite in Lake Junaluska
Farmhouse Charmer
Our charming apartment is just steps away from all that Lake Junaluska and the Great Smoky Mountains have to offer. May-September the lake opens its swimming pool, sport courts, gardens, etc! The rental has its own entry and porch in a lovely walkable neighborhood. Recently remodeled, it is absolutely charming in its unique farmhouse design. Our space is conducive to business or leisure lodging for you, your friends and family. It's ideal for singles, couples, small groups and families.
$135 per night
Apartment in Lake Junaluska
Lone Star Retreat # 1 - Ask About Kids Ski Free!
Lone Star Retreat # 1 is a cozy studio apartment with a 60' deck overlooking Lake Junaluska. PET FRIENDLY, private firepit w/ deck seating, free access to pool, tennis, FAST WiFi. Located on the south side of the lake where its peaceful & quiet. Apt is complete with amenities for a long weekend or an extended stay. 10 min to restaurants, shops & grocery stores. Four golf courses 5-15 min. See our other properties if we're booked for your dates!
$89 per night

Stay near Lake Junaluska's top sights

The Buttered Biscuit54 locals recommend
Lowe's Home Improvement3 locals recommend
Food Lion19 locals recommend
Ammons' Drive Inn & Dairy Bar7 locals recommend
Blue Rooster Southern Grill33 locals recommend
Haywood Regional Medical Center6 locals recommend

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One-of-a-Kind Rustic Mountain Studio-Private Quiet
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Mountain Mandol-Inn
$70 per night
Guesthouse in Clyde
Hickory Hill Guesthouse
$94 per night
Bungalow in Lake Junaluska
Lake Junaluska Bungalow
$170 per night
Apartment in Waynesville
Walk to Main Street from this Hip Studio Apt
$68 per night
Cottage in Clyde
Historic Homestead with Mountain Views
$106 per night
Chalet in Clyde
Cozy A-Frame with Retro Charm
$131 per night
Apartment in Lake Junaluska
What A View -Stunning Lake & Mountain View
$128 per night
Apartment in Lake Junaluska
Hummingbird Suite at Lake J
$83 per night
Cottage in Lake Junaluska
Livy's Lake Cottage, 3min walk to Lake Junaluska!
$101 per night

Your guide to Lake Junaluska

Welcome to Lake Junaluska

Ensconced in an enchanting valley just 27 miles west of Asheville, this serene lake and its namesake town were constructed as a Methodist resort in the early 1900s. More recently, the destination has welcomed anyone looking to unwind in a tranquil lakefront setting with a majestic mountain backdrop. To preserve the relaxed vibe, gas-powered motors are prohibited in the lake, but non-motorized watercraft including rowboats, paddleboards, kayaks, and canoes are popular.

In a nod to the region’s history, the artificial 200-acre lake was named for a Cherokee leader, and there are also a couple of lakefront museums and heritage centers. Surrounding the water are 16 verdant gardens as well as an 18-hole golf course and mini-golf attraction, and the lake’s perimeter is traced by a walking trail. America’s most popular park, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and the Blue Ridge Parkway scenic drive are right at the town’s doorstep.

The best time to stay in a vacation rental in Lake Junaluska

The four seasons are distinct in Lake Junaluska. Winter is short but very cold, and driving in the mountains can be a challenge when it’s snowing unless your vehicle is correctly outfitted. In springtime the chestnut trees and dogwoods bloom and milder temperatures set in, but occasionally it’s still chilly (definitely layer up, particularly if you’re going hiking in Great Smoky Mountains National Park). Long, warm summers are ideal for all activities associated with the lake, including lounging on patches of grass beside the water. Understandably, this is the town’s busiest time of year. Fall is gorgeous too, though, with its changing leaves and festivals and farmers markets happening in neighboring communities. Note that clouds and rain can appear year-round, and that certain businesses and attractions may close in colder months.

Top things to do in Lake Junaluska

Walking the Lake

Accessible to wheelchairs, strollers, and scooters, a 2.3-mile loop trail circles Lake Junaluska, crossing the Turbeville footbridge and meandering past churches, gardens, and other architecture and natural sites. It’s flat for the most part, with one section that traverses a hilly woodland, and can be extended to 3.8 miles if you bypass the bridge crossing.


More than a dozen lush and pleasant gardens flank Lake Junaluska. Corneille Bryan Native Garden contains more than 500 native plants, which tend to attract local birdlife. The Biblical Garden is a collection of plants noted in the Bible (think herbs, figs, vines, and pomegranates). A rose walk lines the walking path along a section of Lakeshore Drive across from the World Methodist Building.

Lake sports

Paddleboard, kayak, canoe, and rowboat rentals line the lake from Memorial Day to Labor Day. If you don’t want to wield the oars yourself, look for the boat tours that leave from the dock behind the Harrell Center on summer weekends or the occasional lake cruise. Anglers with valid fishing licenses can get their hooks into bass and catfish.

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