hiking

A popular destination on the Blue Ridge Parkway is Julian Price Memorial Park, at the foot of Grandfather Mountain, near Blowing Rock, North Carolina. The Park is adjacent to Moses H. Cone Memorial Park and together the two comprise the largest area developed for recreation along the Parkway. Comprising more than 4,300 acres, including a small lake, Julian Price Memorial Park offers many activities, including hiking, fishing, canoeing, camping, guided walks, and evening campfire programs. The grounds include 100 picnic sites, with shelters and comfort stations. A 300-seat amphitheater is used for lectures and talks during the summer months. Canoes can be rented for use on Price Lake. The park's seven trails include the Price Lake Loop Trail (2.7 miles), which circles the well-stocked lake, and the challenging 5-miles Boone Fork Loop Trail. The ingeniously engineered Tanawha Trail (13.5 miles) passes under the Linn Cove Viaduct and wraps around the southeastern ridge of Grandfather Mountain. Julian Price Memorial Park is named in honor of Julian Price, an insurance executive who purchased the acreage in the late 1930s and 1940s to create a retreat for the employees of his insurance company, which later donated the lands to the Parkway.

hiking
7 days ago

Great sights!

hiking
11 days ago

I went up Crag Way and down Boy Scout. The ladders were fun. There were great views along the way. Keep your eyes open for the plain wreckage.

hiking
13 days ago

Great trail, beautiful stream and waterfall, a little bit on the hard side, some uneven terrain but very doable even for not hikers. It took us about 4 hrs to complete.

walking
15 days ago

Very pretty, water crossings aren't too bad. Nothing too difficult on the trail. Lots of stairs, some with 2~ ft high ledges before the first step, and a bit of climbing up rocks,

..Not fun in the dark... Easy to get lost when you can't see

Relatively easy, very pretty after you get out of the field in the beginning

hiking
24 days ago

Excellent trail on a beautiful October day. Difficult, numerous water crossings, steep steps and ladders but well worth the views. Hebron Falls is really pretty and the new MST Bridge is amazing.

Great trail with a lot of different scenery in the loop. Hebron falls side trail is definitely worth it with some fun scrambling. I'ld consider it moderate with a few shallow water crossings but feet didn't really get wet at least went the water wasn't high. Recommend starting to the right as you'll have more energy for the falls. Can always turn back early from there if you need as well.

It was a great hike and great combination of water, woods, and mountain views. The meadow towards the campsite was beutiful. Just wear water proof shoes.

Quick, easy trail.

hiking
1 month ago

This trail was amazing! We are not in the best shape and definitely were breathing hard but had no problem finishing. It took us around 4 hours to complete the trail which included a trip to see the falls. We ended at the campground which I would absolutely recommend since we would not have had the energy to see the falls if we had hiked it the opposite way. We also had our dog and she loved every second of it!
While we had read reviews about the meadow, we were stunned when we found it. It was absolute heaven! I recommend this trial wholeheartedly!!

OUTSTANDING!

I will do it again when all the leaves have fallen.

We took this on after finishing the Price Lake Loop, and took it on the clockwise direction.

Really not a tough trail - certainly has some "technical" areas, but not difficult

We also came in from the ampitheater, and it certainly adds some time/distance to the hick.

All worth it - and if you have time and energy, take the side trail to Hebron falls!

Really a great trail - GREAT

nice trail. moderate to easy.

great family trail!

super low/flat elevation.

awesome scenery

Worth doing. I'd suggest completing the entire 5 mile trail if you can.

hiking
1 month ago

Fun trail. Lots of beautiful views throughout. I completed the trail counter clockwise but I would suggest doing the trail clockwise as this way it gets better as it goes. Not easy but not overly difficult for someone in decent shape.

Fun easy trail