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Julian Price Park Campground — Blue Ridge Parkway

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Blue Ridge Parkway

Overview

Located along the scenic Blue Ridge Parkway in the lush green expanses of North Carolina, 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.

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. Hebron Falls: A small waterfall accessed from the Boone Fork Trail. The Cascades: A beautiful waterfall accessed by the easy 1-mile loop Cascades Trail. A great hike for children. Moses Cone Flat Top Manor: A historic estate house (currently undergoing restoration) once owned by the Cone family. The grounds offer 25 miles of carriage roads to hike. Tours of the home are available. Currently houses the Southern Highland Craft Guild. Wildlife viewing is also popular as campers have a good chance of spotting bears, grouse, turkeys, owls, hawks and more.

Facilities

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. Hebron Falls: A small waterfall accessed from the Boone Fork Trail. The Cascades: A beautiful waterfall accessed by the easy 1-mile loop Cascades Trail. A great hike for children. Moses Cone Flat Top Manor: A historic estate house (currently undergoing restoration) once owned by the Cone family. The grounds offer 25 miles of carriage roads to hike. Tours of the home are available. Currently houses the Southern Highland Craft Guild. Wildlife viewing is also popular as campers have a good chance of spotting bears, grouse, turkeys, owls, hawks and more.

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.

Nearby Attractions

The beautiful town of Blowing Rock, located just 20 minutes away on the Blue Ridge Parkway, offers fine dining, shopping and more.

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Julian Price Park Campground — Blue Ridge Parkway is located in North Carolina

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Directions

From Asheville, North Carolina, head east on I-40 E for approximately 20 miles to exit 72 for US-70E. At the top of the exit ramp, continue straight onto US-70 E and drive for 11 miles to the intersection with US-221 N. Turn left (north) onto US-221 N and continue for 21.6 miles. At the sign for the Blue Ridge Parkway, turn right onto the connector road. At the stop sign marking the intersection with the Parkway, turn left (north) and drive for approximately 22 miles until you see the Campground Registration Kiosk on the left side of the road. From Boone, North Carolina, head south onto US-321 S and drive for 6.3 miles. At the sign for the Blue Ridge Parkway, turn right onto the connector road. At the stop sign marking the intersection with the Parkway, turn left (south) and drive for 4.4 miles until you see the campground on the right. From Blowing Rock, North Carolina, take Main Street until you reach the intersection with US-221 S. Turn south onto US-221 S and drive for 1.6 miles. At the sign for the Blue Ridge Parkway, turn right onto the connector road. At the stop sign marking the intersection with the Parkway, turn left (south) and drive approximately 2 miles until you see the campground on the right.

Address

Milepost 297 Blue Ridge Parkway
NC

Coordinates

36.1388889 N
81.7311111 W

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Features

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  • Market
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  • Picnic Table
  • Firewood Available
  • Phone Service
  • WiFi
  • Drinking Water
  • Toilets
  • Alcohol
  • Pets
  • Fires

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  • Sanitary Dump
  • Pull-Through Sites
  • Big Rig Friendly

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j
Reviewed Jun. 20, 2023

Off blue ridge parkway

I really like his place. Stayed on the lake side. Plenty of room great walking area and friendly people

Sitelakeside
Month of VisitMay
Phillip C.
Reviewed Nov. 16, 2022

Great location, great views!

We got a quiet spot with no one around us. There are spots right on the lake but we didn’t book far enough in advance.

Siteunsure
Month of VisitSeptember
  • Review photo of Julian Price Park Campground — Blue Ridge Parkway by Phillip C., November 16, 2022
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Patrice S.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Sep. 18, 2022

Great site on water

Spent a weekend car camping at Julian Price which served as a great Basecamp for exploring the Blue Ridge and surrounding area. The site has a nice tent pad, fire pit and picnic table. It would be amazing in the spring because it's loaded with rhododendron. The site is near a bathroom and there is quite a bit of traffic throughout the camp. And of course you hear the Parkway but if you go into it knowing you are staying at a campground that is highly trafficked with somewhat close and loud neighbors...then you've picked a great campsite to car camp.

SiteA19
Month of VisitSeptember
  • Review photo of Julian Price Park Campground — Blue Ridge Parkway by Patrice S., September 18, 2022
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C.J. C.
Reviewed Sep. 9, 2022

Quiet & Secluded

Quiet campground despite the number of sites. We enjoyed our stay, and even had deer wander near our site a few times. Our tent site was in Loop B but near the bathroom/showers in Loop D. Really liked how the toilet and shower were together in the same individual bathrooms.

Campground is conveniently located near Blowing Rock and other sights on the Parkway, like Cone Manor and Linn Cove Viaduct. Nice area.

SiteB6
Month of VisitJuly
  • Review photo of Julian Price Park Campground — Blue Ridge Parkway by C.J. C., September 9, 2022
April C.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Aug. 23, 2022

Shaded and Quiet

Clean sites, showers, and restrooms. The parking spot at the site was flat for our van. Clean and roomie. Dog friendly. Walked around and enjoyed nature. Lots of trees.

Month of VisitAugust
N
Reviewed Jun. 12, 2022

Quiet and secluded

Stayed on the C loop. Very private sites other than the path that goes by for the bathroom. No road noise. C loop does not allow generators so no hum. Has bathrooms near by. Showers on another loop. Tent pads are good size, flat and free of large rocks. Mine was half covered in moss. Overall really happy with the site.

Sitec08
Month of VisitJuly
  • Review photo of Julian Price Park Campground — Blue Ridge Parkway by Nick , June 12, 2022
  • Review photo of Julian Price Park Campground — Blue Ridge Parkway by Nick , June 12, 2022
  • Review photo of Julian Price Park Campground — Blue Ridge Parkway by Nick , June 12, 2022
Marty P.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Feb. 1, 2022

Best lake camping in the parkway

Classic simple state run campground. Large comfortable campsites all with picnic tables, fire rings,and gravel tent pads. Some are right in the lake but they fill up fast. We got one that we where able to park our boats right at camp. The lake is stocked with trout by the state and your can also catch bass and tons of sunfish. The lake is not swimming and no motor boats. But you can paddle up the creek and take a dip. And the absence vof motor boats make for a lovely time on the lake.

SiteA loop
Month of VisitJuly
  • Review photo of Julian Price Park Campground — Blue Ridge Parkway by Marty P., February 1, 2022
Katrin M.
Reviewed Oct. 24, 2021

Nice campground in a beautiful area

I camped here with a friend and our dogs. Our campsite was in the A loop. 

I'm not really sure how to rate the campground. It was on my list for a while but I think my expectations were too high. 

The area is very very pretty. It is right off of the Blue Ridge Parkway. The campground has several loops. The A loop is right by the lake but not all sites have a view or access to it. Some of the sites are also very close together and share one parking spot, which can be a problem if you either have a bigger vehicle or more than one car per campsite. You find a big tent pad, a lantern pole, firepit, and a picnic table in each site. The restroom is older and has no showers. It also seemed to be used by a lot of people that weren't campers. 

The area was very crowded. When we drove back from Blowing Rock around lunch time we saw a really long line of cars try to get into the town. There are also a lot of very nice trails and waterfalls nearby. We walked around the lake (the trail starts in the campground) and it was absolutely beautiful. 

 I don't think I would camp here again. Like I said the area is very pretty and so was the campground, but it is just a little bit too crowded for our taste.

SiteA17
Month of VisitNovember
  • Review photo of Julian Price Park Campground — Blue Ridge Parkway by Katrin M., October 24, 2021
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Stuart K.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Oct. 5, 2021

Delightful Respite in Julian Price Campground

While there's a few dozen great places to stay in and around the Blue Ridge Mountain Parkway, there are few campgrounds as prized as Julian Price, which has plenty to explore just steps from your tent's front door (er, flap!). 

After a 3+ hour drive from nearby Raleigh, my very great friend Gary (or'Gariatica' for short) and I landed at the D Loop, which is one of four campgrounds you'll find here. What's important to know about the'Big Letter D Barrio' as the locals refer to it as, is that the campground perches up almost immediately after entering it, so you'll be first met with a few of the lower campsites (which must receive a decent amount of noise from the passing traffic that is only 30-40 feet away from them) before coming to the ground's bathhouses (while just mediocre and not the cleanest, there are bonus points here for providing 'no coin required' individual, private stalls (8 in all), so no group showers, which will be disappointing for some, I suspect). 

After passing the communal bathing facilities, you will circumnavigate the D Loop in counter-clockwise fashion (although many tried to swim upstream and go in the opposite direction, which I don't recommend, as apart from being hit from oncoming traffic, even if there was none, you would need to conduct a 17-point turn-around to park your car in the provided parking spot) to tour the 40 or so campsites. 

While there were only a few free slots to chose from at the time of our booking (about 3-4 weeks in advance, so book early if you can!), we did get relatively lucky with our campsite, good 'ol D20, which had plenty of space for our behemoth 24 person tent cabin (OK, so you can't really sleep 24 in this sucker, but it sure would be fun trying!). 

I would actually recommend the sites that were located directly across from ours - while ours slanted upwards(revealing our entire site), those on the other side of the road sloped downwards so had a solid amount of privacy. Basic amenities were had at most sites we saw- solid (yet aging) picnic tables, fire rings (with pull down grill) and wooden-encased tent platforms. Warning: no nearby running water (to clean dishes, you'll have to load them up in a bucket and trudge back and forth to the bathhouse (donning a towel is optional). 

Also, I would suggest if you are looking at campsites here or in the other areas of this campground, do look at whether or not a trail cuts through or by your campsite. I don't know how you feel about 100's (this is a popular campground with loads of people hiking trails when we were there, so I'm not overestimating here) of strangers passing by your front door (dang it, I meant'flap' again!), but you might want to avoid the heavy foot fall traffic. 

Also, unlike any other campground I've ever visited (I lost count after the first 100), I've never stayed at a campground where it was so easy for anyone to simply drive up and around the campground (usually, you have to persuade someone at the front gate that you belong there, right?) as this location has an EZ access point that avoids the ranger at the gate(who left promptly at 5pm anyway), which made me a bit uneasy, although we had no problems to speak of. 

Last tip? My buddy who knows the area fairly well took me to Gamekeeper's Inn [https://gamekeeper-nc.com\\\\\\\] for one of the best meals of my life. This oversized log cabin chalet has an outstanding bar, simply fantastic staff, upscale smarts and feature exotic meats and rare game, so while I would have preferred hot dogs and beans fireside, followed by endless amounts of s'mores, I was instead dining on grass-[hand]-fed Bison and dungeon-free Emu, the likes of which I had never savored before. Quite delish, washed down by very fine Sauvignon Blanc from Marlborough in the land of kiwis and finished off by, what else? You guessed it, a fantastic creme brûlée. Very nice and quite expensive, but hey, you only live once, right?!. 

Happy Camping!

  • Review photo of Julian Price Park Campground — Blue Ridge Parkway by Stuart K., October 5, 2021
  • Review photo of Julian Price Park Campground — Blue Ridge Parkway by Stuart K., October 5, 2021
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R
Reviewed Aug. 17, 2021

Peaceful campground on the Blue Ridge Parkway

We stayed at Site E14 during a weekend in July. The campground is in an excellent location, just 5-10 minutes away from downtown Blowing Rock and of course it’s right on the beautiful Blue Ridge Parkway! Our site was peaceful and shaded, easily fit our 14 foot teardrop with screen room and our truck. After walking through the other loops, I preferred ours as it was not as crowded and quieter. Great access to trails, Price Lake trail and Boone Fork trail access is within minutes. Our site was very shaded. The picnic table seating is extremely low to the ground so if you have mobility issues that could be an issue. The bathrooms were old but clean and served the purpose. Overall, I recommend this campground it is so peaceful and perfect location. We can’t wait to come back!!

Site14
Month of VisitAugust
  • Review photo of Julian Price Park Campground — Blue Ridge Parkway by Roxanne M., August 17, 2021
  • Review photo of Julian Price Park Campground — Blue Ridge Parkway by Roxanne M., August 17, 2021
  • Review photo of Julian Price Park Campground — Blue Ridge Parkway by Roxanne M., August 17, 2021
Holly H.
Reviewed Aug. 10, 2021

Large Wooded Campsites + Tons of Trails & Beautiful Lake!

Had a great time at Julian Price Campground! ⛺️ 🌲 

We had 2 groups and reserved sites B29 & B30 because they seemed more remote with water, restrooms, and trail access nearby. I could not have been happier about our sites!

LOVELY trees, shade, and close to everything we needed. This is a BIG campground and some sections have sites all smooshed together – we had plenty of room to ourselves at the edge of the woods by the start of the Boone Fork Trail. This trail connects to several others and is an awesome spot for wanderers to go for a walk or pick up some fallen branches to process while you mess around at camp or cook dinner.

We had a fantastic time and would love to go again! 

Notes: 

  • We went August 2021, so it was really busy. People getting in a bit of camping before school starts… and maybe also looking to escape being cooped up during the pandemic. 

  • Weather was low 80's daytime, 60's nighttime. Rained a couple of hours one evening, but clear otherwise. 

  • Very peaceful & beautiful woods. Great trails! Lots of trees to hang a rain cover or hammocks. Plenty of down branches up the trail to use for extra wood. Stumps at the site for sitting or chopping up some kindling. Saw deer and rabbits about! 

  • Some of the tent sites looked small and hilly, but B29 & 30 were big & pretty level.

  • Sites had big fire rings with grills that come down over them. Ours was not exactly level, but got the job done. Stone picnic table with wood-top benches seat 4-6. Lots of space for extra chairs, etc around the campfire. 

  • These sites were really great, but got a bit of traffic because of the water access, restrooms, and trail that ran between the sites. People were walking and driving by often – which wasn't a problem, but it might be good to know beforehand. 

  • SOUND CARRIES here! It was a bit noisy some nights. 

  • Tent pad is dirt & rocks – we picked out any big ones before setting up and had yoga mats under our sleeping bags, but the ground was still hard. Definitely think about bringing a thicker pad or something inflatable if you prefer that. 

  • The lake is nearby and fun for canoes & kayaking! People fishing, too. The boathouse sells snacks, drinks, firewood, and bait. 

  • The campground is well maintained and the hosts were around often to clean the bathrooms, check on campers, etc. Very friendly! 

  • Hard to tell from the map, but the bathroom by B29 & B30 is NOT the one with showers. Showers are located at the larger facility in the middle of loop D, but there is a short path that runs from the back of this restroom to that area. The folks in our group that used them said they were wonderful. 

  • Loop B's bathroom does not have lights, so bring a lantern

  • EASY drive in & out, right on the blue ridge parkway. A short drive (20 min?) from Grandfather mountain which was AWESOME!! 

  • AT&T had really spotty connection – OK for intermittent texting & I got sporadic emails… but on-demand internet usage was basically nonexistent. The boathouse has wifi, though!

  • Check in@ 3pm, Check out@ 12pm.

SiteB29 & B30
Month of VisitSeptember
  • Review photo of Julian Price Park Campground — Blue Ridge Parkway by Holly H., August 10, 2021
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Sean M.
Reviewed Aug. 7, 2021

Great campground

Great campground and location. Nice sites and most rv sites on the F loop are surrounded by laurel. However, the last three times generator usage has gotten worse. Multiple noise generators form 8am to 9pm. Last time some jackleg put the generator under his truck tonneau cover aimed toward my site. Probably made it quieter for him but amplified it everywhere else. At&T coverage on the upper part of the F loop is very weak and spotty but usable for texting. Coverage is non existent near the lake and lower sites.

SiteF30
Month of VisitSeptember
K
Reviewed Jul. 19, 2021

Lovely campground with lake access

Stayed in site A31, a pull-through site. No sites here have hook-ups. This campground is on a beautiful lake. There is no swimming on the lake(its pretty shallow) but awesome for kayaking and paddleboarding. There is wifi at the boat rental area, an easy walk from all parts of the campground where you can rent kayaks, get snacks, etc. All sites are well spaced out(A loop, I didn't see the other loops) but non- lake side sites don't have a ton of tree cover so aren't very private. Tent sites next to the lake are closer together and DO have more trees/ privacy. Several good trails within the campground- the 2.5 mile lake loop which winds around the lake was nice, flat and beautiful.

SiteA31
Month of VisitAugust
Carlie B.
Reviewed Feb. 13, 2021

one of the best

great location with great hiking trails and place to kayak

Ezra M.
Reviewed Nov. 28, 2020

Really good for laid back camping

If you enjoy more of a chill camping experience, this campground is for you. Not my most desirable style of camping but I'll give it 5 stars because of how well the campground is kept up.

Jolie L.
Reviewed Nov. 3, 2020

Easy Camping for Families

Cushy campsites with electric and water. Rent a canoe here and take it out on the lake! Or hike the Boone Fork Trail, a 5 mile loop right across the parkway. Beautiful anytime of the year.

  • Review photo of Julian Price Park Campground — Blue Ridge Parkway by Jolie L., November 3, 2020
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Rachael H.
Reviewed Oct. 31, 2020

Perfect for fall foliage viewing

Nice camp area with the traditional amenities. Lake access. Close to excellent hiking for spectacular views. Come prepared with your cold weather heat if you’re camping in the fall! Brr!!

  • Review photo of Julian Price Park Campground — Blue Ridge Parkway by Rachael H., October 31, 2020
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G
Reviewed Oct. 23, 2020

Beautiful area

Semi private sites for tents. Some RV sites are on the edge of the road. Clean restrooms and showers. Great hiking trails nearby beginning in the campground. Dog friendly. If you have a National park pass you get a discount.

Ginney M.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Oct. 11, 2020

A must do! We will be back!

What a treat. This park is at milepost 297.1 of the Blue Ridge Parkway. Our campsite E02 was on one side of the parkway, the Julian Price Lake was on the other side. This was not a problem, easy to cross. Probably one of my all time favorite hikes- Boone Fork Trail. We have a dog that could have gone w us, but the hike would have been tough on her (10 years old) we were glad she wasn't with us. Rocks to climb over, ladders, etc.  The canoe rental on the lake was great! We fished for brim, had a ball. There is Wifi at the lake/boat rental. Connectivity was null otherwise! We loved this campground, picturesque, friendly, space between sites was generous. Our site was the entry site for all of E loop and F loop= lots of traffic, but we booked late and was glad to have it. No hookups, so you must be self contained. Dump and potable water is available at the entrance. Firewood to buy from the boat rental at the lake. All was spectacular!

SiteE02
Month of VisitNovember
  • Review photo of Julian Price Park Campground — Blue Ridge Parkway by Ginney M., October 11, 2020
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T
Reviewed Sep. 29, 2020

Easy Weekend Escape at a Mountain Lake

This campground is located right on the Blue Ridge Parkway with a nice lake for fishing, boating, and SUP. No swimming.

The campground has a wide variety of sites some are great, some leave a lot to be desired. Research your site carefully. It is a National Park and alcohol and dogs are allowed so things can get loud at night. Pack your earplugs.

Lots of good hikes nearby, right off the Parkway. They are often busy on the weekends especially during Fall Leaf color season. Boone and Blowing Rock very close making it easy to get provisions.

SiteB18 - Nice secluded spot big tent pad
Month of VisitOctober
D
Reviewed Sep. 25, 2020

Great high country campground

This campground is minutes from Blowing Rock NC, which makes it super popular. There are restaurants and grocery stores nearby. There are two sides: the A-side is next to the lake but has no showers, just flush toilets, water spigots, and a food storage area. The other side has newer bathhouses.

RV spots have electric hookups, tent spots do not. Many on lakeside have to be reserved in advance and are not as isolated as they may appear on the recreation.gov website. If you are thinking the “first come first served campsites” that are lakeside will be up for grabs at any given time you will be disappointed. I would recommend reserving one if possible. Tent pads are decent and will have some small gravel in them, they will for a standard six persons tent but that’s about it. Fire rings are standard size and sites have a lantern post, along with a cement top picnic table.

Note that if you are towing a trailer and tenting you may have issues finding a place to park. Solid campground with friendly staff.

Nick
Reviewed Aug. 31, 2020

Love this place

Great family campground, with enough separation from other tent sites. Camp here every year with the family and always have a great time. Never have issues with neighbors, bath house is new, and close to plenty of hiking/recreation activities.

K
Reviewed Aug. 18, 2020

Right on the Blue Ridge Parkway

My husband and I have camped at Julian Price three times, most recently in July. Obviously we like it. We’ve always been in the RV section in our camper van so I can’t comment on the tent section other than to say it’s well away from the RVs and looks quite nice. The campground is right on the Blue Ridge Parkway just five miles from Blowing Rock. Lots of hikes nearby including a loop from the campground. Bathrooms are fine. Showers are located in the tent section—private, nice. Sites are nice sized and most are private. One negative is all the moss growth on picnic tables. Most RV sites are heavily shaded plus the campground just reopened so I realize lack of humans resulted in the moss flourishing. ;)

  • Review photo of Julian Price Park Campground — Blue Ridge Parkway by KB D., August 18, 2020
  • Review photo of Julian Price Park Campground — Blue Ridge Parkway by KB D., August 18, 2020
Kevin A.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Aug. 4, 2020

Great Area to Camp

My wife is new to camping, so I took her tent camping here to see how well she would adapt to being outside and away from her blow dryer. She did amazing and this trip kicked off our adventure of moving on to a tear drop trailer and then to a class c motorhome. As I do, she loves camping and we are having the time of our lives. Thank you to this great campground, the trails, kayaking, and the waterfalls. Wonderful campground. I highly recommend you give it a try.

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  • Review photo of Julian Price Park Campground — Blue Ridge Parkway by Kevin A., August 4, 2020
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S
Reviewed Jan. 22, 2020

Beautiful lake

Gorgeous campgrounds w lakeside Mountain View. Spacious campsites and moderate hiking trails around the lake.

Wesley D.
Reviewed Sep. 27, 2019

Best campground by far!

This campground is located along the beautiful Blue Ridge Parkway. We saw wildlife when we woke up in the mornings and before we went to bed in the evenings. The bath house in the tent only loop has private bathrooms with showers. The bath house is also cleaned daily.

T
Reviewed Aug. 9, 2019

Great spot to relax or explore

There are a LOT of sites at this campground. First come first served sites are available on the lake and thought the campground. Many sites are reservible as well. There is hiking and fishing within the campground. Additionally, it is convenient to the towns of Blowing Rock and Boon as well as Moses H. Cone Memorial Park. The sites on the lake are small but fairly private. Many of the sites a cross the street from the lake are larger and some are fairly private as well. Showers and restrooms can be a bit dirty at times, but showers are hot

SiteD19
Month of VisitAugust
  • Review photo of Julian Price Park Campground — Blue Ridge Parkway by Tony E., August 9, 2019
  • Review photo of Julian Price Park Campground — Blue Ridge Parkway by Tony E., August 9, 2019
Myron C.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Aug. 9, 2019

Older Campground with Great Location

Julian Price Campground is part of the Julian Price Memorial Park, which is along the Blue Ridge Parkway in the northern part of North Carolina. I have heard about this park for many years, so I wanted to finally camp there. It is an older park, and it shows. We stayed at site A4, and I chose this site for a few reasons. It was close to the lake, but unfortunately, we couldn’t see the lake from the site. Many of the sites in the A loop are reservable, and they have been reserved for several weeks(maybe months) in advance. They are the best sites as far as seeing the lake and sometimes because they are larger. The worst part I discovered about sites in the A loop is that you can hear traffic from the Blue Ridge Parkway all day long except for two to three hours in the middle of the night(about 1:30 to 4:30). On average, you can count on about twenty-five vehicles every five minutes(I know because I counted). It doesn’t help that the parkway is under construction and the road is gravel, which makes the sounds of vehicles even louder. The restrooms in A loop are old and need updating. There are no showers in A loop. The only showers are between B and D loops, which are on the other side of the Blue Ridge Parkway. On the positive side, the showers in a new bath house, and they are private shower/restroom units. We rode through all of the loops to see what the other sites were like, and some of the sites are seldom used if the picnic tables and surrounding vegetation is any indication. Some of the picnic tables are covered in moss. Those were mostly in the sites that were small or sloped. For that reason, it is a good idea to look at the photos on the website for each site before reserving. Many of the sites are walk-in sites and you can set up before the 3:00 time for reservable sites. As far as activities, there is no swimming, but fishing is allowed. There is also a boat ramp, and you can rent canoes, kayaks, and SUPs. The lake is hatchery supported, and I did witness someone catching a fish as we walked along the lake trail. While we were in this area, we saw several small deer, including one that came through our campsite. Our campsite was spacious, and it had a concrete picnic table, a fire ring, a lantern pole, and a tent pad. The tent pad needed some maintenance since the dirt had washed onto it and made it slightly sloped. Not until later did I discover that there was a tall dead tree next to our tent. Only the top part was dead, but it could be a potential danger. The site next to ours was sectioned off because of a dead tree. If you are staying in A loop, I give it two stars, especially since the sites and bath house need maintenance, and because of the road noise. If you are staying in B or D loop, I would give it three or four stars. The sites in E loop are mainly for RVs and have less shade. One section in the A loop also is an open field and has limited shade. Overall, it’s not a bad choice for a campground, but it needs updating. What it has going for it is location. It is along the Blue Ridge Parkway, and Cone Memorial Park is down the road, which is a great destination in itself. There are lots of hiking trails and the beauty of the mountains is spectacular.

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  • Review photo of Julian Price Park Campground — Blue Ridge Parkway by Myron C., August 9, 2019
  • Review photo of Julian Price Park Campground — Blue Ridge Parkway by Myron C., August 9, 2019
  • Review photo of Julian Price Park Campground — Blue Ridge Parkway by Myron C., August 9, 2019
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Kent P.
Reviewed Jun. 3, 2019

A hidden gem!

Julian Price is one of those hidden gems. There are 6 loops with about 50% being reservable. What this means is that if you get there you will normally be able to find a campsite. Now if you happen to be a truck camper that doesn’t mind off level and out of the way (yeah, like that’s the go to norm for most TC’ers we know.) there is a dump and water fill at the entrance and you can use generators till 10 for those that need to. They have put showers into loop B but I’ve never used them so I can not speak about them. The roads in the campground have been repairs and are all in much better shape than past years.

  • Review photo of Julian Price Park Campground — Blue Ridge Parkway by Kent P., June 3, 2019
  • Review photo of Julian Price Park Campground — Blue Ridge Parkway by Kent P., June 3, 2019
Von B.
Reviewed Jun. 1, 2019

Best ever

Just upgrade the sites. Night woody dark and quit. Kayak put in fishing is good some spots on the water.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the max vehicle length at Julian Price Park Campground — Blue Ridge Parkway?

Julian Price Park Campground — Blue Ridge Parkway allows vehicles up to 92 feet.

Are fires allowed at Julian Price Park Campground — Blue Ridge Parkway?

Yes, according to campers on TheDyrt.com, fires are allowed at Julian Price Park Campground — Blue Ridge Parkway, although make sure to check current fire restrictions in the area.

Does Julian Price Park Campground — Blue Ridge Parkway have wifi?

Yes, according to campers on TheDyrt.com, Julian Price Park Campground — Blue Ridge Parkway does have wifi.

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