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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.

Awesome trail! The first 3 miles or so run along the river, so plenty of opportunities for enjoying the scenery. This is listed as hard, but I would call it more moderate.

Somewhat muddy, but a great walk with water all along the way. Well worth doing!

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2 days ago

This trail really has it all. Access to Hebron Falls, lots of creek crossings through the lush woods, open meadows and some really nice views.

One of my favorite places in the high country! Great for spending an afternoon exploring the boulders and cooling off in the river. Pretty easy to get to from the trail entrance at Price Park as well.

Great hike. Nice variety of terrain and habitats. Nice family hike.

Great hike. Nice variety of terrain and habitats. Nice family hike.

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3 days ago

1st 3/4 mile pretty flat. Took a while to get excited. From that point it was great. Good rocks and water. Nice scenery.

Very good moderate level hiking with plenty of places to play along the way. I will be back!!

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4 days ago

This is my favorite trail in the area! There was varied terrain and scenery, making the entire thing interesting. Being a zoology fanatic, meeting the numerous salamanders, snakes, and cows was very exciting!

Love the scenery along the water, the pasture and the forest. Very diverse and beautiful loop! And my six year old was able to complete it!

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6 days ago

Beautiful scenery, from bright meadows to tropical-ish trails by, and over, mountain streams and waterfalls of varying sizes. I went clock-wise on the trail so I could end up in the shade and by water to cool off at the end of my hike . My 11.5 year old dog did just fine on the trail. He loved it! There is one ladder that goes straight down . My dog took it in stride, which I was grateful for . Not sure if I could have carried him down ! This has won out over the other trails so far because of all the water and diverse scenery. Happy trails to all! God's peace!

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9 days ago

My fiance and I hiked this trail only yesterday, Father's Day, where he proposed to me at Hebron Falls. It was a bit mucky due to the recent rains, but very cool and quite wet in many places as one must cross streams along the trail. We met a black snake down to the Falls and took a few photos with him. We're definitely going back again, probably to camp overnight and get in some fishing.

Just beautiful!