MP 297, Julian Price Park

Julian Price purchased this land as a recreational retreat for his employees after establishing one of the nation?s largest insurance companies. After his untimely death in 1946, his heirs left the land to the Blue Ridge Parkway as a memorial to a man who shared the natural beauty of the area with others.

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. Grandfather Mountain, at 5,964 feet, rises majestically nearby.

Price Park Campground has 162 sites and provides access to 13.5 mile Tanawha Trail, Boone Fork and Price Lake Trails, and Mountains-to-Sea Trail.

Amenities:
- campground
- picnic area (May 9 - November 2)
- restrooms
- boat rentals (cash or check only): Open 10 a.m. - 6 p.m daily during April as weather permits. Open daily May 3 - September 30, 8:30 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. Open Friday-Sunday, weather permitting October 1-26. Visit Price Park boat rental website for more info.

Handicap Accessibility:
- picnic area is wheelchair accessible
- interpretive programs are wheelchair accessible
- information is wheelchair accessible with assistance
- restrooms are wheelchair accessible with assistance

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