Lake Junaluska walking trail

HUNT — Haywood County Recreation & Parks has created a scavenger hunt for trail walkers.

Families looking to stretch their legs and test their brains during the holiday season can try the Lake Junaluska Scavenger Hunt, organized by Haywood County Recreation & Parks, department officials said.

“We thought it would be a good way to get people out and moving,” said Betty Green of Haywood County Recreation & Parks. “It’s a nice loop. You can get exercise — and not just you, but your kids.”

The fun-for-all-ages scavenger hunt includes a list of 25 clues, with official answers available through the Haywood County Recreation & Parks Facebook page, Green said.

“It’s there for exercise, to get out and learn about your community, if you don’t know the lake,” Green said. “Walking around the lake, you see a lot of things, and it’s a beautiful view.”

The answers can be found in view of the inner path around Lake Junaluska, which stretches about 2 miles, Green said.

“It’s fun, you do it before you know it, and it takes time,” Green said. “For the Thanksgiving break, when you’re sitting around, waiting for that turkey to get done — or if you want to get rid of the family while the turkey gets done — send them over to the lake with this list, and see what they can find.”

Future scavenger hunts will be created by Haywood County Recreation & Parks at a later date, said Recreation Specialist Ian Smith.

“We figured this was a good way to start,” Smith said. “There are plans on doing a downtown Waynesville hunt and something in Canton — change up the questions and dynamics of it.”

To download the list of scavenger hunt questions, find the Lake Junaluska Scavenger Hunt group on Facebook.

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