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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

This was a nice trail, steep decline. It was pretty easy. Mistakenly went after heavy rain and the creek was high. Be careful.

This was an enjoyable hike today. Favorite part was paralleling and crossing the stream numerous times as part of the well marked trail. Will be great when the blackberries in the meadow are ripe. This was a moderate, not hard, hike

Very good easy trail

Hiked it today with couple of friends. (Done this trail many times) Great trail. Several creek crossings. Couple small ladders. Good workout if you maintain steady and quick pace. Definitely not “only for experienced hikers”. No it’s not gravel the whole way, and has roots and rocks and creek crossings but it’s still should be rated moderate. Usually some muddy places so wear hiking shoes you don’t mind getting a little dirty.

One of my favorites in the Blue Ridge! A workout, fields, rocks, roots, meadows, plenty of water, shade etc. Highly recommend if you have 3-4 hours to spend in the woods.

some muddy spots but for tbe most part a nice warm up for the longer hikes.

Always muddy and a little boring.

hiking
13 days ago

Fun, beautiful hike that I have have done many times with my kids. I definitely don't feel a "difficult" rating is remotely accurate for an able bodied person/child over 6 or 7 years. My 10 year old hikes this regularly with little effort, as well as our older golden retriever. My dog needs us to hand her down from one person to the other in one specific spot (down a small ladder step that is too step for her, with very large boulders on either side preventing her from going around it) but she can tackle the entire trail with minimal effort other than that. The creek area definitely makes it worth the hike. Wear good shoes, as it can often be wet and a bit slippery without the proper footwear. We usually pack a picnic to have in the field and it generally takes us 2 1/2 hours with two kids that like to explore at a leisurely pace.

hiking
14 days ago

Nicely difficult walk along two beautiful creeks through rhododendrons. Tough footing much of the way.

hiking
15 days ago

Cool trail, very muddy if it has rained recently. The waterfall made the hike worth while, and It is nice that there are multiple locations to view it from.

hiking
19 days ago

This trail is lots of fun. Definitely not hard! There are a few places where you have to climb a little, but unless the trail is very wet, it is quite moderate. If you’re unsure, wear some hiking shoes with good traction. As someone previously said, there is lots of water! If you’ve got a filter, the water is nice and cold. Water is definitely needed since the trail is a little over 5 miles. It’s one of my favorite trails in the area!

classic hike! very amazing and great variety. doesn't take too long to get through and definjitely shouldn't be labeled hard

hiking
23 days ago

Had a great time with all the views, creek crossings and water falls! Going to get your feet wet for sure! Worse issue is trail needs some TLC. Erosion is rampant.

hiking
26 days ago

Favorite hike! Love the multiple river crossings and beautiful rushing river views!

hiking
28 days ago

Being local, we love this trail. I will say that as we have seen people trying this, it's not for small children. It takes about 3-4 hours to hike depending on whether or not you like to stop and enjoy the scenery. As someone else mention, we prefer to take the left fork and work our way "backwards". In heavy rains the trail is often flooded, but it offers fun, multiple creek crossings, beautiful canopies of woodlands, several ladder climbs, steep inclines and a beautiful open meadow that is full of blackberries in the summer. Enjoy!!!

We didn’t research this trail so were a little taken aback by a couple of steep declines - wouldn’t recommend for someone with really bad knees. Took about 2 hours with several rest breaks. Great diversity of views - meadows like Sound of Music, streamside canopies. Would do it again, but do a little more stretching beforehand!

hiking
1 month ago

This trail is awesome. The trail entrance is behind the first bathroom building as you come into this parking lot. If you want to take the full loop, I recommend starting with the left fork. Go early in the morning (before 10am) to avoid crowds, but most seemed to be starting with the right fork. There were only a few times where it was really steep or I had to climb over rocks. Most of the trail is perfectly moderate and well cared for. At about mile 4 are some great areas to stop and eat on some giant rocks in the river.

Sims pond loop is a nice short loop with minor elevation change. circles around the pond and under the brp, up across green knob and back to the parking lot. nice

super easy, super popular, beautiful views any season!

love this loop, but it is the busiest spot I've been to in wnc (people and dogs) going counter clockwise trail starts out with waterfalls and swimming areas, after 1/2 to 3/4 miles traffic thins considerably. go straight through the campground and cross the street to add the price lake loop (super easy) for some spectacular views, and under 6 miles.

on Price Park Campground

1 month ago

Short walk but it connects to other trails.

on Price Lake Loop Trail

1 month ago

Pretty. Easy. Super popular so If u are looking for something secluded I’d pick a different hike

on Hebron Rock Colony Trail

1 month ago

Super fun. Not hard AT ALL. just watch your footing. The rocks can be super slick. I’m seen so pretty bad injuries out here (both humans and dogs).

on Green Knob Trail

1 month ago

Quick easy hike.

For a more difficult hike do start by the pond. Walk across the BRP and start there. The first mile is uphill and a much better workout.

on Boone Fork Trail

1 month ago

Fun trail. Lots of water. Not hard at all. One of my favs

hiking
1 month ago

Not an overly strenuous trail, but definitely worth it if you enjoy cascading waterfalls . Hebron falls is a great place where you can rock jump to the middle of the falls. Many other smaller falls along the way. We didn't see anyone else on the trail, but it was cooler and overcast all day. Does have a few small streams to cross, but all had rocks that you could jump between.

hiking
1 month ago

one of my favorite trails... done it numerous times and each hike delivers new treasures. The tree with the exposed roots reaching into the water at the watering hole holds a special place in my heart.

hiking
1 month ago

Sunny and 75 on a mid April Wednesday. I think everyone with dogs had the same idea. Nice trail and not to difficult. I wasn't aware there would be that many stream crossings but my Oboz B-Dry hiking shoes did the trick. Will definitely do it again. Maybe come at it from the Rich Mountain trail.

hiking
2 months ago

Very pretty waterfalls. Highly recommend it. I would say this trail is moderate and strenuous going back up.

hiking
2 months ago

Loved this trail!!!!. Very pretty but also great workout. I would say is moderate with a few challenging spots. I had waterproof hiking boots so highly recommend you wear them.

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