View of the Lake Junaluska walking trail

Friends of the Lake Circle

Charitable supporters and corporate sponsors who give $500 or more to the Annual Fund within a calendar year are recognized as members of the Friends of the Lake Circle. Charitable supporters who are part of the Friends of the Lake Circle are also recognized as Lake Junaluska Associates and invited to the annual celebration weekend.

Ensure the Lake Continues To Be a Beloved Place

A significant part of experiencing Lake Junaluska includes slowing down the hectic pace of everyday life and finding true connections with family, friends and faith. These experiences are made possible because of the support of people like you, the Friends of the Lake.

Through your gift to the Friends of the Lake, you ensure that Lake Junaluska continues to be a beloved place where the community can enjoy the walking trail, gardens and breathtaking vistas. For example, your funds enable our landscaping crew to plant more than 10,000 annuals and perennials across Lake Junaluska’s grounds, as well as maintain the walking trail.

Couple walking through the gardens

Join In the Friends of the Lake 5K Road Race & Walk

August 31, 2024

The Friends of the Lake 5K Road Race & Walk is a charitable event to support the recreation opportunities of Lake Junaluska through the Friends of the Lake program. 100 percent of the profit from this event goes to the annual maintenance and improvement of the recreation areas at Lake Junaluska, which annually costs over $375,000.

Runners enjoy the Friends of the Lake 5k at Lake Junaluska

View the Friends of the Lake Sponsors

Corporate and individual supporters make Friends of the Lake possible. Thank you to the 2023 Friends of the Lake Sponsors:

  • Haywood Regional Medical Center

  • Smoky Mountain News

  • Clark & Leatherwood, Inc.

  • Maple Tree Veterinary Hospital

  • RCF Construction, Inc.

  • Beverly-Hanks, McElroy & Ellege Team

  • First United Methodist Church, Sylva

  • First United Methodist Church, Waynesville

  • Haywood Ace Hardware

  • Long’s Chapel

  • Pactiv Evergreen
  • The Mountaineer

Flowers outside the Lambuth Inn

Become a Friend of the Lake

The Friends of the Lake Circle recognizes donors who give $500 or more to the lake, grounds and recreation at Lake Junaluska.

Online Donations
Complete the online form at right.

Phone Donations
Call the Office of Development: 828-454-6749 or toll-free at 866-256-1079

Mail Donations
Send your donation to the following address:
Lake Junaluska Assembly Inc.
The Office of Development
PO Box 67
Lake Junaluska, NC 28745


Lake Junaluska Associates
Annual Donation of $250 or more

Friends of the Lake Circle
Annual Donation of $500 or more

Lake Junaluska Society
Annual Donation of $1,000 or more


Please contact the Lake Junaluska Development Office at 828-454-6680 or [email protected]


Lake Junaluska Assembly, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. Gifts are tax-deductible. Our federal tax ID number is 56-0547461.