Lake Junaluska is a great place to walk, fish or eat ice cream. We visited on a beautiful sunny day and enjoyed the paved walking trail around the lake.
Parking on a mountain overlooking the lake, we got a beautiful view of the area. There was a huge white cross statue near our parking spot and we saw a sign pointing toward “Inspiration Point.” We followed the signs to a meditation garden with a statue of Jesus and several benches. There was a yoga class meeting at Inspiration Point also! They meet there twice a week.
As we walked down towards the lake path, we were joined by many dog walkers and a few geese. The large Methodist Conference Center located by the lake looked like they were having a meeting with food trucks and tents set up outside.
A portion of the lake is lined by rose bushes. The roses were beautiful and smelled so good. We saw some wildlife; a large turtle sunning himself. a few large birds, possibly herons, along with some ducks.
Besides the flowers and wildlife, we also walked by a couple of interesting sculptures. A bear carving was located in someone’s front yard by the path and there was a statue of Lake Junaluska’s first swan, “Malcolm,” by the trail.
The paddle board, canoe and kayak rental shack was doing a good business. We stopped to ask about prices and to look at the community pool for a future visit.
Along the way we also stopped in at the “Gifts and Grounds.” This gift shop/ coffee shop is located near the conference center. They sell ice cream so we had to try it and we approve! Next stop was the Junaluska dam.
The dam at one end of Lake Junaluska looked like a good fishing spot. There are picnic tables and we would like to return with our fishing licenses, fishing gear and a picnic lunch on another sunny North Carolina day.
Lake Junaluska is just one of many beautiful places in western North Carolina. If you get a chance you should check it out! As always, Moonshine Creek is a great place to stay when you visit. Next week I’ll tell you about some fun places we explored on the Blueridge Parkway.