Julian Price Memorial Park is one of the scenic high points of the Blue Ridge Parkway. 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. Price Lake is the park’s centerpiece. Grandfather Mountain towers in the distance, the source of the lake visible as a bowl- shaped valley scooped out high on the peak.
When the lake is frozen into jagged, jumbled sheets, access is still easy for winter hikers and cross- country skiers—the Park Service plows the road from the US 221/Holloway Mountain Road exit (Milepost 298.6), easily reached from Blowing Rock.
A trail circles the lake, and another path delves into the waterfall-filled Boone Fork drainage. The Greensboro-based Jeer ff son Standard Insurance Company donated the land to memorialize its founder and president, Julian Price, after his death in an auto-mobile accident—an ironic tribute in a park dedicated to experiencing nature by car.
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