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 hiked the ~2.4 mile Green Knob Trail on this visit. It was a great hike. It was moderate in difficulty with a decent amount of up and down. It was beautiful walking among the canopy and then moving...  read more »
  • We noticed a sign at the edge of Bass Lake that mentioned a ranger led hike at Boone Fork Trail on Friday morning in Julian Price Park. We had gone to this same spot the prior year, but turned back wh...  read more »
  • Our family of four (children ages 12 and 7) camped here for two nights, and found the park to be wonderful. We stayed on Loop A (we had site 18, and think it is one of the best, being more private tha...  read more »
  • 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.
  • There's a nice trail that goes around Julian Price Lake, very scenic. The camp ground doesn't have showers (just a heads up).
  • The small creeks that meander through the picnic area are a nice place to cool off on hot days. Weekends are usually crowded. If you get to the picnic area earlier, you can set up chairs and claim a table.
  • We had a wonderful afternoon of hiking, climbing and splashing here. We used the right hand branch of the Boonefork Trail, accessed from the front of the picnic area here to get to the Hebron Rock Colony. At the 1.5 mile marker there is a signpost to Hebron Falls that takes you about 0.2 miles off the loop trail to the falls themselves. My girls enjoyed themselves hopping across the boulders up to the top of the falls and there were a few spots where you could paddle in pools between rocks. You definitely need sturdy footwear. You wouldn't want to do this in bare feet or in flip flops.
  • Wonderful and relaxing. This rather large lake just off the Blueridridge Parkway is lovely with ample parking, boat ramp, rentals, and plenty or rather level hiking paths around or near the lake.
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