Julian Price Memorial Park-Mileposts 2959-2972

Blowing Rock, North Carolina

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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.
Hiking the Blue Ridge Parkway

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by Randy Johnson (Falcon Guides)

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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Activity Type: Cross-Country Skiing, Hiking
Nearby City: Blowing Rock
Distance: 2.1-4.9 miles
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy to Difficult
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: The Blue Ridge Parkway 199 Hemphill Knob Road Asheville, NC 28803-8686 (828) 271-4779 (828) 298-0398
Local Maps: USGS Boone; Parkway handout map, available at Price Campground contact kiosk and online at nps.gov/blri/planyourvisit/julian-price-trails.htm
Driving Directions: Directions to Julian Price Memorial Park-Mileposts 295.9-297.2

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May 2018