▶ BLUE RIDGE PARKWAY
Julian Price Memorial Park
WITH OVER 4,200 ACRES OF OUTDOOR FUN
Julian Price campground opens May 9
Whether you’re looking to hike, canoe, fish, camp, or enjoy a quiet family picnic amidst rolling hills, Julian Price Memorial Park has something every outdoor enthusiast can enjoy. Spanning 4,200 acres of rolling mountain land, Price Park was purchased by Julian Price, executive of one of the nation’s largest insurance companies, to provide a recreation area for his employees.
Visitors can enjoy fishing or canoeing in the lake with canoe and boat rentals available. During the summer, the 300-seat amphitheatre hosts interpretive wildlife programs and is the starting place for ranger led guided walks and evening campfire programs. Camp under the stars at the Julian Price Campground (milepost 296.9) or pack a lunch and head to the 100 sheltered picnic sites. From the picnic area, take a 1.5 mile hike into Hebron Falls. Or bring the kids to learn about nature on a one mile, brochure-led, hiking adventure, which is part of a nationwide Kids in Parks initiative to get the young ones on the trails.
From Boone Fork Overlook (milepost 297.1), hike the Price Lake Trail, an easy, 2.7 mile loop around the lake and take pause to notice the migratory ducks and loons in the spring and summer. Those up for the challenge can tackle the 5-mile Boone Fork Trail (milepost 296.4) through steams, pastures, large rock out-croppings, and rhododendron filled woods. Scale the top of Green Knob on a moderately strenuous 2.3 mile trail (milepost 295.9) and on clear days enjoy views of Price Lake and Calloway Peak on the horizon. The Tanawha Trail and Mountains-to-Sea Trail also crisscross Price Park through lush forests and blossoming wildflowers in the spring.