Julian Price Memorial Park, Blowing Rock

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Julian Price Memorial Park is a park of 4200acre at the foot of Grandfather Mountain in North Carolina, named in honor of Julian Price. It is at milepost 297 on the Blue Ridge Parkway and directly adjacent to the Moses H. Cone Memorial Park. Together these parks comprise the largest developed area set aside for public recreation on the Parkway. The park is managed by the National Park Service which received the lands from the Jefferson Pilot Standard Life Insurance Company shortly after Price's death when they received it through his will. The grounds are also known for the fact that the nation's largest National Lumberjack Association rally is held here annually.
Price was an insurance executive who purchased the acreage in the late 1930s and 1940s to create a retreat for the employees of his insurance company. His premature death in 1946 postponed these plans and the lands were deeded over to his company. They in turn donated the lands to the National Park Service / Blue Ridge Parkway for public recreational use with the cooperation and approval of Price's son and daughter.
The donor of the lands requested that Boone Fork be dammed to create a lake in Julian Prices' honor, which is now called Price Lake. The Blue Ridge Parkway goes over the top of the dam. The 47acre lake is visible from the road and is stocked with various fish. Among wildlife around the man-made lake are beavers, ducks, and frogs. It couldn't be easier to arrange your visit to Julian Price Memorial Park and many more Blowing Rock attractions: make an itinerary online using Inspirock's Blowing Rock online itinerary planner.
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  • The dam broke last summer and they had to drain the water . . but I believe it was back to normal by the fall . there is a challenging walk around the lake . . beautiful place to see the fall... 
    The dam broke last summer and they had to drain the water . . but I believe it was back to normal by the fall . there is a challenging walk around the lake . . beautiful place to see the fall...  more »
  • Went on Easter arrived around 12pm. It was just starting to get busy but we were able to snag a picnic table by the creek. My better half is meticulous about cleaning. She never had to do anything... 
    Went on Easter arrived around 12pm. It was just starting to get busy but we were able to snag a picnic table by the creek. My better half is meticulous about cleaning. She never had to do anything...  more »
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  • There is no better place for a picnic than Julian Price picnic area. New tables, grills, lots of area to for kids to play and the amazing sound of water flowing by. We were there for an evening picnic on April 23rd. It was busy but not crowded. Make it a destination and consider the awesome 5 mile Boone Fork Trail while there. Note on the big holidays to arrive early as it does fill up.
  • Looks like a cool lake just briefly stopped...

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