Lake Junaluska Trail is a 2.2 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Waynesville, North Carolina that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 2.2 miles Elevation Gain: 68 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly

stroller friendly

fishing

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

running

lake

paved

views

wild flowers

Beautiful lake surrounded by mountains. Loop trail around the lake with great views of the mountains.

1 day ago

love this trail for day to day walking and running. basically level . I really appreciate the people socially distancing and passing by going into the road. at this time you walk clockwise around the lake. I feel this really helps with avoiding traffic overload. dog friendly.

hiking
4 days ago

I did not realize I was supposed to take the pedestrian bridge across the lake so I kept following the walking path around the lake. Circling the entire lake is more like 3.5 miles rather than listed 2.2. There is a path/sidewalk the whole way, beautiful and very well maintained.

hiking
19 days ago

Beautiful and easy hike. Two bridges go over the lake. Gorgeous background of the mountains.

A gorgeous trail with amazing views of the mountains and lake. Lots of birds, it was really easy and a cute day to spend..Happy Hiking!

hiking
2 months ago

This is a fantastic trail to walk around, especially when it has been rainy out. I took all four of my kids on a wonderful family walk. I would highly recommend it to anyone looking to get out of your mountain house to get some relaxing exercise.

hiking
3 months ago

Not very pretty when the lake is down. Lots of litter. Easy trail.

hiking
3 months ago

Nice paved path around the lake. The Mountain View’s are always changing at every curve. There is plenty of parking around the lake. After being sick for a while I wanted to get out but nothing too strenuous and this was perfect. Lots of older folks and a few moms with strollers. Pretty but really a walking place.

hiking
4 months ago

Very dog friendly flat and easy two mile walk, would be good for running also.

hiking
4 months ago

Easy short walk. Nice for some exercise. Generally very pretty. Today they are letting water out of the lake. The mountains are still beautiful. At least two bathrooms on the walk. Stroller friendly. Mainly local people out for a walk.

6 months ago

Very pretty during the fall season. Very dog friendly.

hiking
7 months ago

Never disappoints.

running
7 months ago

Beautiful scenery around the lake. Easy relaxing run on the trail.

hiking
8 months ago

hiking
8 months ago

Beautiful, easy walk around the lake. Dog friendly.

hiking
8 months ago

Beautiful hike with gorgeous views all around. A very peaceful lake.

hiking
9 months ago

Nice for an evening walk. mostly paved walkway, a fair number of people during summer months. The water is not the cleanest, may not want the pooch in. we heard from other locals that it contains runoff water from Waynesville and they do not reccomended swimming at all.

hiking
9 months ago

Beautiful and clean !!

hiking
9 months ago

it's very beautiful and family friendly. we had a great time and the rose walk was a nice touch. lots of wildlife and flowers, I highly recommend this area!

hiking
10 months ago

nice views around the lake. trail is all paved and follows next to a road around the lake.

hiking
10 months ago

Nice walk around the lake very busy area rather quiet on Sunday mornings walk daily.

hiking
10 months ago

Beautiful view of the lake, easy walk. Moderately crowded

hiking
10 months ago

Good for a quick lake walk.

Sun Jun 02 2019

Nice relaxing stroll around the lake.

Tue May 28 2019

Just went for a paddle with a friend! Had a fun time!

Sun May 26 2019

Beautiful flowers and lakeside trail. well marked. Very enjoyable for a early morning or late afternoon or evening stroll.

hiking
Thu May 23 2019

excellent lakeside hiking. Beautiful scenery and flowers, long mountain views. Dog friendly, many restful, meditate spots with seating. Swans, geese, and ducks galore. well marked path, asphalt and concrete. Free parking available in many locations. Male, age 67.

walking
Wed Mar 27 2019

Easy walk, family & pet friendly. Good spot to decompress from a long day and enjoy the local scenery.

hiking
Sun Mar 24 2019

Great walk with kids and dogs. Enjoy it at an easy pace, look at the homes and activities along the way. Did a few geocaching too!

hiking
Sat Mar 23 2019

Beautiful trail and dog friendly.

walking
Mon Mar 11 2019

Great walk for families. Safe, dog friendly, easily accessible, and lots to see to keep children occupied. End your walk by grabbing a coffee at Gifts and Grounds and sitting in a rocker enjoying the view if the lake. To increase intensity, incorporate the Lambuth Inn or Lake Junaluska cross into your walk, or head up into the surrounding neighborhood which is very hilly.

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