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.
We just hiked this trail January 7th, 2017 in about 8" of snow and a temperature of about 14F. This makes the hike very difficult. Beautiful trail, especiall once you cross under the Blue Ridge Parkway and start up the open field. Great views of Grandfather Mountain as you decend from Green Knob back towards the Parkway.
Sherry S. on Boone Fork Trail
I loved the variety of the topography. Beautiful. Not too challenging.
I wouldn't say this is a hard hike, I would say moderate with obstacles (crossing streams and maybe 3 steep parts). It is very beautiful, the waterfall looks like it would be so fun to climb so we are going to visit again with our kids! Hike clockwise so the waterfall is at the end of your hike. We took our dogs and had trouble at the ladder, but we figured out that they could go through the rock instead of down the ladder.
In the description it says "experienced outdoorsman", which is not necessarily true, as i am 17 and have been hiking this trail since i was 8. There is also a specific side trail, pretty easy to find, that goes down to the bottom of the waterfall (hebron falls) where you can climb back up it, or go down, depending on where you come out. If your up for a bit of an adventure, one of my favorite things to do is to climb up the rocks from the bottom, and then stay in the river on the way back to the parking lot, walking, going on rocks, and swimming. Thats only something id do in summer though, as the rest of the year the water is quite chilly.
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.