Lake Junaluska is an unincorporated community with fascinating roots and unique governance. It was founded in 1908 during the Laymen’s Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and continues under the direction of a Methodist Church board of trustees. It is almost part of Waynesville…almost. For five years, the two sought to merge, but opposition in the state legislature ultimately blocked the annexation. Perhaps true to its Christian roots, the community is resolved to move forward effectively and without resentment, and an official statement from Waynesville’s mayor reminds residents that the two towns remain “inextricably linked in spirit.”
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Junaluska’s Conference and Retreat Center hosts events for a variety of denominations, and people of all faiths are welcome. Despite being unincorporated, the town does provide services such as trash collection, road maintenance, water, and sewer. Personal health and self-improvement are tenants of the community, as is the case for many newer private communities in Western North Carolina; and the lake provides some opportunity for that. Swimming, fishing, and limited boating are popular activities in the summer months, and a paved trail around the lake provides residents a place to walk, run, and bike.
Home prices in Lake Junaluska range currently from around $150,000 to nearly $1M, with condos and fixer-uppers on the lower end, and gracious lakefront Contemporaries and Cabins decked with porches on the higher end. Youngsters living here attending public schools go to Junaluska Elementary and then off to neighboring Waynesville for middle and high school. This itty-bitty town does offer an impressive handful of restaurants and grocery stores, but it is also quick 10-minute drive from all that Waynesville has to offer!