About This Place
Lake Junaluska is a census-designated place (CDP) in Haywood County, North Carolina, USA. It is part of the Asheville Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 2,675 at the 2000 census. It is notable as the site of the headquarters of the World Methodist Council, a consultative body linking almost all churches in the Methodist tradition. The WMC 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. As well, the Foundation provides resources and open source software for the local church.
Contrary to popular belief that Lake Junaluska is named after the famous Cherokee Indian leader, Chief Junaluska, the assembly is actually named after the nearby Mount Junaluska (now North Eaglenest Mountain), which is itself named after Chief Junaluska.
Lake Junaluska is located at 35°31′40″N 82°58′35″W / 35.52778°N 82.97639°W / 35.52778; -82.97639 (35.527829, -82.976495). It has a beautiful setting: Haywood County is known for the 18 peaks over 6,000 feet (1,829 m), more than any county east of the Mississippi River. The 200-acre (0.8 km²) lake is surrounded by 1,200 acres (5 km²) of beautiful rolling hills and valleys.