The community of Skyland is located about 8 miles south of downtown Asheville and about three miles south of Biltmore Forest off US 25. One of the community’s highlights is Lake Julian. Lake Julian is a thermal lake that is used as a cooling agent for Progress Energy.
Lake Julian Park is a county park offering opportunities for canoeing, kayaking, picnicking and outdoor activities. It is also known as being an excellent lake for fishing with an abundance of bass, catfish and crappie.
Buncombe County residents can rent picnic shelters for family reunions, birthday parties or special events, and john-boats are available for rent as well. There are also 10 campsites within the park that are located along the lakeshore. Each campsite includes a tent pad, table and grill, and a community bathhouse offers restrooms and showers.