We were looking to combine a camping trip with a visit to family in Boone, and I prefer to support our State and National Parks when possible, so Julian Price was a perfect fit!
I had booked the lakefront site online with no trouble. I knew from the web that there were no showers at the campground, so planned ahead for our hygiene needs.
We drove the Parkway from the South and it was raining most of the way, so we were a bit worried that the site would be a muddy mess, but the large elevated tent pad was well drained and we set right up. The site was steps from the lake and hiking trail, but surrounded by flowering shrubs and large trees so felt very private. It had a cement picnic table (in need of repair but serviceable), a lantern hook, and a fire ring as well as an adjacent parking space, and was fairly large.
The staff members we interacted with were helpful and friendly, the hiking trails were lovely, but be warned that they are left fairly natural, so there were mud puddles and fallen branches, etc. The wildlife viewing was phenomenal; we saw deer, water snakes, beaver, and frogs...our 5 year old son was thrilled by the tadpoles! We rented a canoe and explored the lake a bit, which was a wonderful activity.
The restrooms were adequate with toilets and sinks, and two potable water sources found outside of them.
We would definitely choose this campground again and recommend it to those tent campers who are okay with something between fully roughing it and extensive amenities as we are. If you have an RV, and have your amenities with you, I definitely recommend it.
- Also Known As:
- Julian Price Park Campground Hotel Blowing Rock