Julian Price Memorial Park, Blowing Rock

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Julian Price Memorial Park is a park of 4200acre at the foot of Grandfather Mountain in North Carolina, named in honor of Julian Price. It is at milepost 297 on the Blue Ridge Parkway and directly adjacent to the Moses H. Cone Memorial Park. Together these parks comprise the largest developed area set aside for public recreation on the Parkway. The park is managed by the National Park Service which received the lands from the Jefferson Pilot Standard Life Insurance Company shortly after Price's death when they received it through his will. The grounds are also known for the fact that the nation's largest National Lumberjack Association rally is held here annually.OverviewPrice was an insurance executive who purchased the acreage in the late 1930s and 1940s to create a retreat for the employees of his insurance company. His premature death in 1946 postponed these plans and the lands were deeded over to his company. They in turn donated the lands to the National Park Service / Blue Ridge Parkway for public recreational use with the cooperation and approval of Price's son and daughter.The donor of the lands requested that Boone Fork be dammed to create a lake in Julian Prices' honor, which is now called Price Lake. The Blue Ridge Parkway goes over the top of the dam. The 47acre lake is visible from the road and is stocked with various fish. Among wildlife around the man-made lake are beavers, ducks, and frogs.
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  • We stopped here along the BRP and walked around the lake and park area. It is very scenic and a great location to take some family photos which is what we did Thanksgiving weekend. Although we here in...  more »
  • A very fun 5+ mile loop hike. Definitely a little tricky to follow through the campground, but worth it for the views and varied forest, meadows, etc. Even a waterfall if you care to make a short deto...  more »
  • I went to the Lake to fish during Thanksgiving weekend. The mornings were so beautiful. The Lake provided us with a few trout and another big one that got away. Plenty of parking and a trail that goes...  more »
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  • So fantastic. Streams to get your feet in. Ancient lake bed that is now a wooded area teeming with local plants and wildlife. Beautiful hiking trails, one leads to a waterfall. Bathrooms and loads of picnic tables. If ypu love the outdoors it is a beautiful place to go right off the Blue Ridge Parkway. Go North Carolina!!
  • To be in such a golden location, Julian Price Campground was a huge disappointment. A) The tent pads are entirely too small. B) The bathrooms were absolutely atrocious - I'm not going to elaborate, but if you have to do anything other than hover to pee, you're going to be disgusted. I'd much rather poop in a hole in the woods, but there's nowhere within the campground to have privacy to do so. **There are no showers here, and being an experienced primitive camper, that was fine with me, but a lot of people were sore about it. This is not the fault of the campground, though, because this is mentioned on their webpage. C) The campground was EXTRA loud at night. Maybe touristy people that stop off the parkway don't understand quiet times at campgrounds, but it was ridiculous, and the quiet time was not enforced AT ALL. D) You can't swim in the lake - which is highly upsetting to people like me that love to kayak and hop in to cool off. This is not mentioned ANYWHERE on their webpage. Had I known up front, I would have been fine with that. E) The trail around the lake was so poorly maintained that we couldn't even walk the entire circle, otherwise we would have been knee deep in stinky swamp mud. (Don't advertise a beautiful lake hike when you can't even hike the entirety of the trail) F) The roads within the campground were full of potholes and the grass was super high in places. Come on, MOW! G) The staff was stiff, unfriendly and just short. There was no 'southern hospitality' with these rude folks. Overall - this campground needs a huge overall.
  • Reasonable 2 plus mile walk around the lake. Nice views. Camping spaces as well.
  • While traveling the Blue Ridge Parkway we stopped a the Julian Price Visitor Center. The National Park Ranger at the center was an amazing ambassador for the National Park Service and The Blue Ridge Parkway. He took time to highlight on a map all of the best trails and special spots to check out along our travels. With his wealth of knowledge, we enjoyed a remarkable experience along the Blue Ridge and visited some amazing locations that we surely wouldn't have seen without his expert guidance. As for the visitor center and park itself, it was a wonderful place and the Linn Cove Viaduct Trail was a lot of fun. Highly recommend stopping here if you traveling the Blue Ridge Parkway.
  • Great place to spend the day cooking out or having a picnic with the family. The streams make it unique.