High Country Info

Julian Price Park

Julian Price Park is 3900 acres of magnificence and enjoyment. The park provides picnic grounds, campgrounds, rest rooms, nature walks, an amphitheater, hiking trails, trout fishing and boat rental. Julian Price obtained the beautiful forested area in the late 1930s and early 1940s. He planned to use the land as an exceptional vacation refuge for the employees of Jefferson Standard Life Insurance Company. However, Julian Price's unfortunate death in 1946 postponed the plans. Jefferson Standard donated the land to the National Park Service for public use. Jefferson Standard did request that Boone Fork be dammed to create Price Lake as a memorial for Julian Price. The trails in the park vary in length but all take you through the forests, by the streams and into the meadows of this fertile land.

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Overview

Located along the scenic Blue Ridge Parkway in the lush green expanses of North Carolina, the Julian Price Campground is a top destination for boating, hiking, fishing and more. Whether it's for a family camping excursion or a peaceful getaway, this campground has something for everyone.

Natural Features:

Julian Price Campground is adjacent to Price Lake, a pristine body of water that sparkles against the backdrop of rolling Carolina hills. 

The surrounding forest offers hemlock, white pine, oak, hickory and birch trees, along with a colorful assortment of wildflowers in the spring and an array of vivid orange and red foliage displays in autumn. 

The Blue Ridge Parkway is a scenic byway that follows the high crests of the central and southern Appalachians for 469 miles from Shenandoah National Park in Virginia to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in North Carolina.

Recreation:

Canoe rentals are available at Price Lake, and other types of non-motorized boats are permitted. Fishing is also available at the lake, with a dock provided. 

Price Lake Trail offers a refreshing hike around the edge of the water, and the Boone Fork, Green Knob and Tanawha Trails are just a few of the trails that are conveniently accessed through the campground. 

Wildlife viewing is also popular as campers have a good chance of spotting bears, grouse, turkeys, owls, hawks and more.

Facilities:

Julian Price Campground combines the traditional great outdoors experience with the modern conveniences of flush toilets and drinking water. Both RV and tent sites are available, and provided picnic areas are perfect for barbecues or late-night marshmallow roasting.

Nearby Attractions:

Blowing Rock, North Carolina, located just 20 minutes away on the Blue Ridge Parkway, offers fine dining, shopping and more.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Accessible Sites
  • Amphitheater
  • Boat Ramp
  • Campfire Programs
  • Canoe Rentals
  • Dock
  • Drinking Water
  • Dump Station
  • Fire Rings
  • Fishing
  • Flush Toilets
  • Hiking
  • Historic Sites
  • Host
  • Interpretive Programs
  • Lake Access
  • Ranger Station
  • Trash Collection
Know Before You Go
  • Due to the presence of invasive insects, firewood from outside the local area is not allowed
  • Some campsites at this facility are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
36.13889, -81.73111
36°8'20"N, 81°43'52"W

From Asheville, North Carolina, go north on Blue Ridge Parkway to Milepost 297.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

JULIAN PRICE (BLUE RIDGE PKWY)
5580 Shulls Mill Road
Blowing Rock NC 28605

Phone Number:

Project Office:(828)963-5911