Best trails in Julian Price Memorial Park, North Carolina

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Looking for a great trail in Julian Price Memorial Park, North Carolina? AllTrails has 6 great hiking trails, dogs leash trails, forest trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Just looking to take a quick stroll? We've got 3 easy trails in Julian Price Memorial Park ranging from 2.2 to 3.2 miles and from 3,359 to 3,415 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
Description

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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Map of trails in Julian Price Memorial Park, North Carolina
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Acreage:
4,300 acres
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Top trails (6)
#1 - Boone Fork Trail
Julian Price Memorial Park
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Length: 5.2 mi • Est. 2 h 27 m
Note: This trail is not open during winter. Please check here for updates: https://www.nps.gov/blri/planyourvisit/conditions.htmShow more
#2 - Hebron Falls via Boone Fork Trail
Julian Price Memorial Park
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Length: 3.2 mi • Est. 1 h 17 m
This trail can also be made into a loop by following the Boone Fork Trail past the falls.Show more
#3 - Green Knob Loop
Julian Price Memorial Park
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Length: 2.2 mi • Est. 1 h 14 m
Little traveled trail with two entrances off the Blue Ridge Parkway that includes Sims Creek as well as Sims Pond.Show more
#4 - Price Lake Loop Trail
Julian Price Memorial Park
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Length: 2.2 mi • Est. 56 m
Beautiful walk around a mountain lake, lots of obvious beaver activity. The Price Lake Loop Trail circles a beautiful mountain lake. This is a good hike for anyone due to the short distance and flat terrain. Some areas of the trail may be muddy after winter snows or spring rains. From the Price Lake Overlook, go to the left over the bridge. Follow the trail into the woods. As you walk around the lake you'll notice a lot of beaver sign on the surrounding trees. The muddy areas on the trail near the back of the lake are also a result of the beavers work. Continue following this easy, flat trail around the lake. You'll walk through a nice campground area as you return back to the parking area. Show more
#5 - Tanawha Trail from Price Lake
Julian Price Memorial Park
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Length: 11.8 mi • Est. 6 h 15 m
#6 - Price Park Campground
Julian Price Memorial Park
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Length: 0.4 mi • Est. 10 m