Lake Junaluska foot bridge under repair

Until May 23, walkers and runners at Lake Junaluska won’t be able to make their usual circuit.

The Turbeville Footbridge, which spans the lake and completes the loop, will be closed for renovations. No foot traffic will be able to cross the bridge during a full replacement of the treads that provide the walking surface on the bridge.

Options include going part-way around the lake then turning around. Or significantly extending your route by taking Lakeshore Drive all the way around the lake and then the sidewalk along U.S. 19 back to the lake’s main entrance. Go to for a map of the alternative route, call 828.452.2881 or visit the Bethea Welcome Center near the entrance to Lake Junaluska for more information.

While Lake Junaluska is a private conference center, the public is welcome to use the grounds, including the popular walking path around the lake.

The footbridge was made named for Paul M. and Willie May Turbeville of Bradenton, Fla,, who donated the money to build the bridge and established an endowment to provide some funds for its maintenance. The Lake accepts donations from the community to help maintain and improve recreational facilities.

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