Julian Price Memorial Park

Blowing Rock, North Carolina

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Julian Price Memorial Park is one of the scenic high points of the Blue Ridge Park-way. Its 4,200 acres contain a golden 47-acre lake, the Parkway’s second-largest picnic area, and its largest campground, with superb lakeside camping. Descriptions of the following trails are included: the Green Knob Trail, Boone Fork Trail and Price Lake Trail. Cross the spillway bridge and dam of Sims Pond and turn left along the rhododendron-lined shoreline. The trail rises along the feeder stream through a long grove of towering hemlocks, sadly now dying or dead due to the hemlock woolly adelgid. The trail rises above the stream as the ka-thump of cars can be heard above on the Sims Creek Viaduct.
Hiking North Carolina

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Hiking North Carolina

by Randy Johnson (Falcon Guides)

Julian Price Memorial Park is one of the scenic high points of the Blue Ridge Park-way. Its 4,200 acres contain a golden 47-acre lake, the Parkway’s second-largest picnic area, and its largest campground, with superb lakeside camping. Descriptions of the following trails are included: the Green Knob Trail, Boone Fork Trail and Price Lake Trail.

Cross the spillway bridge and dam of Sims Pond and turn left along the rhododendron-lined shoreline. The trail rises along the feeder stream through a long grove of towering hemlocks, sadly now dying or dead due to the hemlock woolly adelgid. The trail rises above the stream as the ka-thump of cars can be heard above on the Sims Creek Viaduct.

© 2016 Randy Johnson/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Cross-Country Skiing, Hiking
Nearby City: Blowing Rock
Distance: 1.4-4.9 miles
Trail Type: Several options
Skill Level: Easy to Difficult
Local Maps: USGS Boone. Download a parkway handout map of Price Park at the “Brochures” link on the Blue Ridge Parkway’s website (nps.gov/blri). Maps are also available at the Price Park Campground kiosk.
Driving Directions: Directions to Julian Price Memorial Park

Recent Trail Reviews

6/4/2012
1

This is a beautiful trail (Boone Fork). Lots of different scenery, from mountain meadows to creeks and small water falls. A lot of muddy spots so be aware. A very nice hike. Not too tough. Figure on about 2.5 hours leisurely pace.


7/14/2009
1

(boone fork)This a good trail if you like water (about 17 creek crossings.) Lots of Mud after rain so bring your boots. (price lake) This hike is as easy as they come, may need boots, some muddy spots!



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