Scenic view of Lake Junaluska during fall

Fall Color
Mountain Lake Getaways

Enjoy autumn hues, lakeside walks and crisp mountain air with a fall color getaway to Lake Junaluska in the mountains of Western North Carolina.

Lake Junaluska has been a favorite fall mountain getaway for more than 100 years. Located near Maggie Valley and Waynesville, we are a short drive from Asheville, the Blue Ridge Parkway and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. With hundreds of acres to explore, our lakeside village is a perfect trip destination with a variety of places to stay.

Bring your family, book a retreat, or get away with friends and experience all that fall has to offer in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains.

Scenic view of Lake Junaluska in Fall

Tripadvisor 2021 Travelers' Choice emblem
2021 Travelers' Choice by Tripadvisor

With hundreds of acres to explore, our mountain lake destination features a variety of places to stay – including a contemporary hotel, historic inn and vacation rental homes. Both The Terrace Hotel and Lambuth Inn received the prestigious 2021 Tripadvisor Travelers’ Choice Award for being rated in the Top 10% of Hotels Worldwide!

Exterior photo of the Terrace Hotel at Lake Junaluska
The Terrace Hotel

The Terrace Hotel is one of the few lakeside hotels in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. Find plenty of rocking chairs on the hotel’s deck to enjoy the colorful lake and mountain views. Rates include a continental breakfast at The Terrace Hotel dining room with scenic indoor and outdoor seating, and access to many lakeside amenities. October weekends book quickly. Read more about The Terrace Hotel and check availability online now.

Exterior photo of the Lambuth Inn at Lake Junaluska
Lambuth Inn

The historic Lambuth Inn sits high on a hill above the lake with a “national park lodge” feel. Built in 1921, the hotel’s recent renovations have added modern guest comforts while preserving the charm of the beloved landmark. Adjacent is Inspiration Point with the best views overlooking the lake and Great Smoky Mountains. Read more about Lambuth Inn and check availability online now.

Stuart Auditorium viewed across Lake Junaluska in Fall

Upcoming Fall Events

Aging Gracefully Yoga Retreat

September 25, 2022–September 28, 2022
Retreats, Spiritual Renewal, Yoga Retreats

Join us for a retreat focused on aging gracefully and maintaining your strength, mobility and agility for your highest quality of life.

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Choir Music Weekend | 2022

October 14, 2022–October 16, 2022
Retreats, Spiritual Renewal

Spend a scenic fall weekend at Lake Junaluska as you enjoy a weekend of music, worship and workshops with members of medium and small church choirs.

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Journey to Joy Women’s Retreat

November 11, 2022–November 13, 2022
Retreats, Spiritual Renewal

Enjoy a weekend of laughter, sharing, worship and fellowship at a Journey to Joy Women’s Retreat at Lake Junaluska. 

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Scenic view of Lake Junaluska in Fall

Fall Specials & Packages

Lake Junaluska Golf Course Package

Enjoy a round of golf for two people including cart at the Lake Junaluska Golf Course plus lunch at the golf course and two nights at The Terrace Hotel with continental breakfasts each morning.

  • Nights lodging at The Terrace Hotel at Lake Junaluska
  • Continental Breakfast
  • One round of golf for two people, including cart
  • Lunch for two at the golf course
Pricing Information:
Package pricing for two people starts at $378 for stays Sunday-Thursday and $398 for stays on Friday and Saturday. Package is available year-round. Rate is based on double occupancy. Taxes apply.
Booking Details:
To book, email or call 800-222-4930 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.
Father and son walking down the fairway of a Lake Junaluska Golf Course hole.

Sunset Cruise Fall Package

Enjoy a history lake cruise aboard the Cherokee IV as part of a two-night package available weekends in September and October. Each package includes two nights at The Terrace Hotel, continental breakfasts, a lake cruise, a Lake Junaluska birding guide and a book that shares the story of Lake Junaluska.

Booking Details:
To book or check available package dates, email or call 800-222-4930 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.
Lake Junaluska visitors take a boat tour aboard the Cherokee

Since peak fall color begins in the highest elevations in early October and ends in late October, you have many weeks to find it during your stay on Lake Junaluska!

Check out some of our guests' favorite things to do during their getaways:

Linn Cove Viaduct winding through the Blue Ridge Mountains in North Carolina
Scenic Fall Drives

For spectacular views from the convenience of your car, drive the nearby Blue Ridge Parkway (just 11 miles away). It is one of the top scenic fall drives in the United States – complete with many overlooks, hiking trails, waterfalls, picnic spots and postcard views. For a guide with suggested overlooks and driving directions, stop by the hotel front desk or download our PDF.

Blue Ridge Parkway Half & Full-Day Adventure Guide
Red apples ready to harvest
Fresh Apple Treats

Pick up your fresh mountain apples at nearby Barber Orchards Fruitstand, an easy 9-mile drive away. A local fall favorite, the orchard also sells jams, cider and fresh bakery items including apple fritters, apple turnovers and apple doughnuts.

Hiking trail at Lake Junaluska in fall
Hiking Trails

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park has endless hiking trails, wildlife viewing, waterfalls and more. One of our fall favorites is watching the elk in the scenic Cataloochee Valley while exploring the historic buildings and trails there. It’s about 18 miles from the lake, but allow about 45 minutes to drive the curvy mountain roads through the forest. For a guide, stop by the hotel front desk or download our PDF.

Catahoochee Elk Half and Full Day Hiking Adventure Guide
Merchandise displayed at Junaluska Gifts and Grounds
Nearby Shopping and Dining

Stroll the historic Main Street of downtown Waynesville filled with galleries, boutiques, restaurants and Mast General Store. It’s just 4 miles away. Or explore the longtime mountain resort town of Maggie Valley with several miles of local shops, restaurants and things to do. It’s just a few miles from the hotel.