Junaluska traffic patterns to shift for July 4th celebration Print

Lake Junaluska officials are anticipating record crowds at the big 100th anniversary July 4 celebration fireworks show, so residents and visitors are encouraged to familiarize themselves with road changes prior to attending the event.

Fireworks will begin shortly after dark, likely at 9:45 p.m. There will be some traffic pattern changes beginning at 6 p.m. Thursday and continuing until all traffic is cleared after the fireworks.

  • South Lakeshore Drive will be converted to one-way traffic only, with traffic permitted to enter the lake grounds from Access Road at the rock guard house near the dam, flowing toward U.S. 19. Cars will be parked in the right-hand lane of South Lakeshore for those wishing to attend the fireworks display, while the left-hand lane (normally on-coming traffic) will be held open for through-traffic.
  • Vehicles may not enter South Lakeshore from the U.S. 19 side during this time. Lake Junaluska residents may choose to enter the lake grounds through secondary roads.
  • Access Road traffic will be converted to one-way from the NC-209 entrance to just past the railroad crossing.Vehicles will not be permitted to enter the lake grounds from the US 19/23 side of Access Road until fireworks traffic has cleared.
  • Daniel Lane off County Road will be converted to one-way traffic flowing from County Road toward NC-209. Traffic will not be permitted to enter from the NC-209 side until fireworks traffic has cleared.
  • At 9 p.m., the bridge over the dam will be closed to all traffic – vehicular and pedestrian.

North  Lakeshore Drive will remain open to traffic traveling in both directions, and normal parking venues will be open. RVs and buses are encouraged to park in the lot below Memorial Chapel – early arrival is recommended.

County Road will be open in both directions to all traffic; however, the parking and fishing area below the dam will be closed all day and all evening July 4. In addition, all public access boats are requested to be off the lake by no later than 9 p.m.

Free lake trolley transportation will be available along the North Lakeshore section, with stops at the open-air gym, the welcome center, Jones dining hall, Memory Lane, the Children’s building, the Harrell Center, the Administration building, and the Lambuth Inn.

First-Responders will be stationed around the perimeter of the lake with communications abilities for emergencies.