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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  • Camping on Price lake is about as good as it gets! Camping on loop A by the lake is awesome. Good public bathroom but no showers. Bring your own firewood or stop at Food Lion in Blowing Rock to pick s...  more »
  • With its beautiful lake nestled in supreme mountain vistas, Julian Price Park is a favorite stop on the Blue ridge parkway. It’s worth taking The easy hike around the lake. Picnic areas across the str...  more »
  • We went to get into the snow from the Eastern part of NC. We found a place that many people had been sledding and walked out to play a bit. We were able to park and play then get on our way easily.  more »
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  • We loved this park as ASU students and we visit every year with our kids. The shallow creek is a wonderful place for even small children to play. Bring toys to play in the open fields or hike along the adjacent trails. We’ve taken our small children hiking to the rock formations, or out to the camp sites and lake just down the parkway.
  • I enjoy fly fishing so my main purpose in visiting was to fish Boone's Fork creek. The park itself is very nice with picnic areas with tables and BBQ grills, large parking areas and bathroom facilities. Of more interest to me was the stream that is accessed from here. It is a medium sized catch and release, fly fishing only stream. A very nice trail follows the course of the stream so it is easy to access from the parking area. I just had a few hours to fish the stream and I only caught one small wild brown, however conditions were not the best with a cold front coming in and fairly high winds. I am looking forward to going back and fishing it under more favorable conditions. I only gave the park 4 stars because I visited at off peak times and there was still a steady flow of people on the trail and into the parking area. I feel sure that during the summer months it stays very busy. As I said, I am very much looking forward to going back this spring and will update this review after that trip.
  • Enjoy going here for a day trip from Charlotte. Hiking the loop from left to right so at the end I can enjoy some time relaxing on the rocks and maybe taking a dip in the water after the 4 of 5 miles.
  • Nice place to go they have picnic areas with charcoal grills and they have walking trails we love it great place to relax
  • This is a nice facility along the Blue Ridge Parkway. It's close to Boone and Blowing Rock and is also near some of the best trails on the Parkway. Be sure to check out Price Lake, the Boone Fork Trail and the craft center at Moses Cone.
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