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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.

It amazes me that this trail is consider hard. It’s moderate best. Lovely from start to finish.
I do recommend starting the trail at the Right spur. It makes the journey to the rock colony so much more grand. It’s advisable to take time to explore the area throughly to sit and enjoy the wonder of the spilling water through the giant granite boulders with water spills through them

Excellent trail, but definitely very challenging for average hikers. The falls are beautiful all along the trail. We hiked on a wet and muddy day, so the rocks throughout the trail were pretty difficult to traverse. For experienced hikers, definitely a must go. We watched a bunch of folks turn around when the trail got tough.

Beautiful trail. The falls are amazing. The hike was pretty easy.

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4 days ago

Beautiful views and challenging climbs through rock faces and mountain laurels a plenty. Pretty easy until you get past Hebron Falls, then becomes harder. Great falls along the way. Felt like we went back in time. Definitely do again.

This is one of my favorite all time hikes. Easy to moderate hike and once you get to the rocks it’s really beautiful.

This is actually part of the Boone Fork Loop trail. Located just off the BRPKWY across from Julian Price Lake. There is plenty of parking and picnic areas. There are bathrooms right next to the parking lot. You can either hike out and back to Hebron Rocks or continue past them and do the full loop. The trail was fairly level and had lots of different scenic points along the way. Hebron Rocks is a large, beautiful outcropping with waterfalls. We just hiked out and back. Took about 3 hours. Would definitely go again.

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11 days ago

I've loved this trail since I was a kid! it's definitely been updated with some nice Bridges and stair cases where needed most. some of the trail gets pretty muddy and marshy, but I think it adds to the charm of a lake trail with beautiful views! Took about an hour to finish because I had to stop to take pictures so often!

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14 days ago

Gorgeous trail, very well maintained. Would be very easy for experienced hikers. Many magical places along the way to go off trail and explore.

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15 days ago

Easy but pretty

Nice flat pretty easy a little rooty and rocky in a few places. Marshy in others. Classic trail!