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Blue Ridge Parkway, Julian Price Park

Blue Ridge Parkway Milepost 296.7: Price Park

A majestic 4,200 acres at the foot of Grandfather Mountain named in honor of Julian Price comprises this popular park. Julian Price Memorial Park lies directly adjacent to Moses H. Cone Memorial Park. Together these parks make up the largest developed area set aside for public recreation on the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Price Park, Blue Ridge Parkway

Photo by William A. Bake

Price Park is a haven for relaxation and recreation with the 47-acre Price Lake as its focal point. Visitors enjoy one of the most popular and largest picnic areas on the Parkway, along with camping, boating and fishing on Price Lake, and ample opportunities to explore the mountains on hiking trails.

The Tanawha Trail, perhaps the crowning achievement of all Parkway trails, stretches 13.5 miles from Price Park to Beacon Heights, paralleling the Parkway and rising along the slopes of Grandfather Mountain. See area map below for details.

What to Do

  • Rent a boat or canoe to glide through natural beauty or try your luck fishing at Price Lake – open seasonally
  • Picnic and take your choice of more than 100 picnic sites – restrooms open seasonally
  • Camp under the stars at the Parkway’s largest campground – open seasonally
  • Enjoy a variety of nature walks and hiking trails
  • Enjoy seasonal interpretive programs at a 300-seat amphitheater, guided walks and evening campfire programs

ADA Accessibility

– restrooms are wheelchair accessible with assistance

– picnic area is wheelchair accessible with assistance

– campground is wheelchair accessible with assistance

– interpretive programs are wheelchair accessible


This campground has 129 tent sites and 68 RV sites. Sites on Loop “A” are located near Price Lake.

Reservations can be made for portions of this campground online at or by calling 1-877-444-6777. One back-country campsite requiring a hike is available, and a permit must be obtained from the campground during season. Information related to backcountry camping on the Blue Ridge Parkway is available on the park website.

For more information, call 828-963-5911 or 828-295-7591. During the summer, rangers present programs on various topics at the amphitheater located in the campground.

Area hikes include:  Green Knob, Boone Fork, Price Lake, Gwyn Memorial and Tanawha Trails.


  • Campground
  • Nearby trails
  • Moses Cone Estate
  • Cone Manor House Craft Center (MP 294)
  • Price Lake (MP 296.7)

Blue Ridge Parkway Milepost 296.7
Blowing Rock, NC 28605
Exit at Milepost 280.8, 291.8, 294.6