Price Lake Trail

Blue Ridge Parkway, North Carolina

Elevation Gain436ft
Trailhead Elevation3,405ft
Elevation Min/Max3384/3417ft
Elevation Start/End3405/3405ft

Price Lake Trail

Price Lake Trail is a hiking trail in Watauga County, North Carolina. It is within Blue Ridge Parkway. It is 2.2 miles long and begins at 3,405 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 4.4 miles with a total elevation gain of 436 feet. Near the trailhead there is a theatre. The Price Lake (elevation 3,366 feet) reservoir can be seen along the trail. There are also viewpoints and restrooms along the trail. Near the end of the trail is drinking water. This trail connects with the following: Tanawha Trail.

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Best Easy Day Hikes: Blue Ridge Parkway (Falcon Guides)
Randy Johnson
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"A great lakeside loop circles the Parkway’s largest body of water. An out-and-back walk here is Price Park’s second TRACK Trail for hikers (the other is nearby at the start of the Boone Fork Trail from Price Park Picnic Area, Milepost 296.4). Bring, or rent, a boat. The first ever paddler’s TRACK Trail follows the lakeshore. Both the walking and water brochures are scavenger hunts, and beaver activity is seen on both trails. Visit Price Lake is a memorable walk, in part through the lakeshore Loop A of Price Lake Campground—easily one of the premier places on the Parkway to set up a tent. Leave the southern end of the Lake View Overlook by the trail map sign and descend a wheelchair-accessible ramp behind the boat rentals (the start of both TRACK Trails)."
100 Classic Hikes in North Carolina (The Mountaineers Books)
Joe Miller
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"Price Lake is the ideal spot for the Blue Ridge Parkway fall leaf enthusiast who generally isn’t inclined to get out of the car—but in a fit of adventure decides, “Why the heck not!” It’s ideal for a number of reasons. First, the loop trail around forty-seven-acre Price Lake is relatively short at 2.7 miles and easy, with an elevation gain on this “mountain” hike of just 18 feet. But the primary reason this is such a compelling fall hike is the heightened color. The Blue Ridge Parkway is mottled with color come October, displaying the bright reds of the dogwood and red maple, the yellows of the black locust and assorted oaks, the occasional splash of orange from a rogue sugar maple. What makes the color especially brilliant at Price Lake is the extra pop it gets from the lake reflection. On a crisp, autumn Blue Ridge day that pop can be dazzling."
Best Hikes with Dogs: North Carolina (The Mountaineers Books)
Karen Chavez
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"Your dog will love you for this hike, and you can give yourself a pat on the head as well for embarking on this trail. Price Lake Trail encircles 47-acre Price Lake in the middle of Julian Price Memorial Park. Although manmade, Price Lake is a pristine, sparkling jewel that perfectly complements its rugged mountain surroundings. It sits in the high country of western North Carolina near the towns of Boone and Blowing Rock on the Blue Ridge Parkway. In addition to the postcard-pretty lake, the 4300-acre park offers the largest—and possibly the most scenic—campground on the parkway, open May through October with 180 sites, a large picnic area, trout fishing, non-motorized boating, and access to many hiking trails in the imposing shadow of Grandfather Mountain."

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Blue Ridge Parkway
Nearby City
Blue Ridge Parkway
Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly, Stroller/Wheelchair Accessible
Skill Level
USGS Boone; Parkway handout map available at Price Campground contact kiosk and online at
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