Julian Price Memorial Park, Blowing Rock

4.7
#2 of 6 in Parks in Blowing Rock
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.
It couldn't be easier to arrange your visit to Julian Price Memorial Park and many more Blowing Rock attractions: make an itinerary online using Inspirock's Blowing Rock online itinerary planner .
Source
Create an itinerary including Julian Price Memorial Park
map
Julian Price Memorial Park Reviews
Rate this attraction
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5
234 reviews
Google
4.8
TripAdvisor
  • Great hiking, canoeing, camping, picknicking and more right on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Lots to do and it feels like you are in the wilderness. Close to the lovely village of Blowing Rock.  more »
  • We did the 2.3 mile Price Lake loop which takes you around the lake. Pretty flat & easy hike. Might want some hiking shoes but tennis shoes will work as long as it hasn't rained recently. Great views ...  more »
  • Most unbelievable colors of foliage.......All along the Blue Ridge Pkwy.......great place to stop and picnic  more »
Google
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Great place to spend the day with family or friends. Little to no cell phone service. This place is great, make sure you let the kids play in the creek!
  • Accessed off the Blue Ridge Parkway. This is a peaceful setting for a large lake. We stayed just to relax and enjoy the sunset. Wish to return for some hiking experiences. The lake is quite close to Boone. A must stop on the Blue Ridge Parkway.
  • Our favorite campground! Just minutes to lovely Blowing Rock and a short ride to Boone. Walking/hiking trails and lake nearby. Family friendly.

Plan your trip to Blowing Rock

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Where to stay in Blowing Rock

Browse hotels, guesthouses, and unique homes and book your stay on the world's leading accommodation sites.
Live like a local, find unique places to stay
Millions of travel reviews on TripAdvisor

Plans in Blowing Rock by other users

8 days in North Carolina Mountains BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES October, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, museums, wildlife, popular PREFERENCES: October, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, museums, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 8 days in North Carolina BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES January, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: January, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 7 days in Blowing Rock BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES March, culture, outdoors, museums, wildlife, popular PREFERENCES: March, culture, outdoors, museums, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 10 days in North Carolina Mountains & Blue Ridge BY A USER FROM CANADA October, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, shopping, wildlife, slow & easy, popular PREFERENCES: October, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Slow & easy 12 days in North Carolina Mountains BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES October, historic sites, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: October, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 4 days in North Carolina BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES February, kids, outdoors, relaxing, popular PREFERENCES: February, kids, outdoors, relaxing ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 3 days in Blowing Rock BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES April, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: April, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 6 days in North Carolina Mountains BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, kids, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, wildlife, popular PREFERENCES: June, kids, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 4 days in Blowing Rock BY A USER FROM EL SALVADOR December, outdoors, relaxing, popular PREFERENCES: December, outdoors, relaxing ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 21 days in United States BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM October, popular PREFERENCES: October ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 7 days in North Carolina Mountains BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES September, culture, outdoors, historic sites, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: September, culture, outdoors, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 11 days in North Carolina Mountains BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES October, culture, outdoors, historic sites, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: October, culture, outdoors, historic sites, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium
View more plans