Lake Junaluska, NC
Nestled in the Great Smoky Mountains of Western North Carolina, Lake Junaluska is your place in the mountains. Lake Junaluska, NC is a majestic setting in the center of the county, is a popular destination for visitors to Haywood County. The 200-acre lake and surrounding 1,200 acres of rolling hills and valleys offers an abundance of activities, from a stroll along the lake through an array of roses, swimming in the community pool, to a paddleboat trip on the lake.
The World Methodist Council headquarters is itself located on the campus of the Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center, an assembly for the Southeastern Jurisdiction of the United Methodist Church which hosts Annual Conferences and other United Methodist and religious conferences and events. As well, the Lake is home to the Foundation for Evangelism incorporated by Harry Denman to provide funding to various seminaries, professorships, and youth ministries.
The Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center hosts events for the United Methodist Church beginning in April and lasting through the fall of each year. There are events for all ages, ranging from a summer day camp for children to various Elderhostels. Events in June, 2009, included the Music and Liturgical Arts Week and the Native American Summer Conference, among others. The Center also includes lodging, dining and recreational activities in a beautiful lakeside setting. The most famous tradition for Lake Junaluska youth is performed on the last day of each retreat week, highlighted by Youth In Missions week. On the final night, visitors walk to the outdoor chapel near the cross and sing “Pass It On.” On the final words, the youth yell “Praise God!” into the mountains. The sound can be heard for miles as it echoes throughout the lake.