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Review of Julian Price Park

Julian Price Park
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Reviewed October 10, 2011

the views over lake price are spectacular especially because we timed it perfectly-glorious colours with hot sunny day

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Reviewed September 30, 2011

My wife and I are App State grads and we have been going to Price Park for over 20 years. It is a great place for picnics, gatherings or if you just want to get some fresh air and throw the frisbee around.

Now for the fun part: the Boone Fork Trail also originates from here and is a 5-mile loop that begins and ends at the park. I have been hiking this trail for the past 10 yrs and recommend:

1. Don't attempt this trail unless you're in decent physical shape. The trail is challenging and there is some climbing involved. What many people don't realize is the first mile in either direction of the loop is relatively easy hiking, the heavy-duty physical activity occurs farther in. Hiking this 5-mile trail isn't like walking/running 5 miles on streets/greenways/developed trails at home. There are lots of rocks, roots and other obstacles that you will have to navigate. But believe me, it is a beautiful trail and well worth the effort.

2. The trail is great for kids around 8 yrs and older. I would strongly caution you that due to the nature of the trail, small children, babies, strollers, etc. will cause you more headaches and regrets than you can imagine.

3. If there has been a fair amount of rain recently, the trail will be washed out in places, very muddy in others and many of the rocks used to cross streams may be underwater. Last year my (then 10 yr old) son and I spent an additional hour navigating around the trail which had become a mud bog. He lost a shoe (which we subsequently saved) and had to walk another 3 miles with a wet shoe and sock. And that could dampen the fun a little.

I don't want to discourage people from hiking the Boone Fork, just want to share some experiences to make your hike more fun and memorable in a good way!

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Reviewed August 4, 2011

Great way to start your day with a hike around the lake - definitely would classify as 'easy' - Very pretty - maybe 1 hour or a little more to complete, can't remember -- but can also rent boat to continue the adventure - nice park - other longer trails available and also camping

Thank LvsChagall
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Reviewed June 20, 2011

Price Park provides a nice variety of outdoor activities. Coming from Blowing Rock, the lake will be on the left and the picnic area and Boone Fork Trail will be on the right. From the parking area on the right, cross a wide foot bridge to find the trailhead for the Boone Fork Trail. It's a fairly strenuous 5 mile hike. If you follow the trail from the sign going clockwise, you will go through the camping around and hike through some nice open pastures with rolling hills.

The hard work starts when you go back into the trees where the trail descends sharply along a creek, crossing it a few times. The trail is rocky with some slick spots, so be careful. Once the trail levels out you will come to a ladder. If like me, you normally hike with your dogs, this will not be a welcome feature, but it's not too high, so you can pass the dog down to a friend or kind stranger until you can climb down yourself. (You will definitely not want to climb back up the trail to go back the way you have come. After the ladder the trail following the Boone Fork River is quite beautiful. The river has large boulders and plenty of white water. The last portion of the trail goes through a grassy meadow. There are some educational signs along this part of the trail.

I didn't visit it this last time, but the loop trail around the lake is a nice easy hike with very little grade change. It is about 2.5 miles though, so allow a good bit of time if you decide to hike this trail as well.

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Reviewed September 11, 2017
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