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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.

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2 days ago

Warning DO NOT GO WITH ONE POWER ADE OR ONE WATER

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3 days ago

One of the best trails I've ever scene.

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9 days ago

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10 days ago

Gorgeous lots of Creek crossings roots and plant life.

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14 days ago

Great hike!

Loved this hike! We brought out dog and got caught in a rain shower. So fun. Be prepared to hike guys, it's not short! But so worth it!!

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16 days ago

Pretty nice trail. A couple of sections cut through fields which give you nice views and sunshine. Other sections down along the creek in the rhododendrons feel nice and jungle-y. Pretty long steep hill to go down, so maybe not a good choice for people with knee issues.