One of our favorite places to "car camp" is Julian Price Memorial Park. It is a beautiful spot located off the Blue Ridge Parkway and our favorite camp site is nestled up perfectly beside the lake.
There are several great spots located along the water and other great interior spots too! All the campsites are surrounded with trees which help create a more private setting.
This 4,200 acres park lies at the foot of Grandfather Mountain located at mile post 297 off the Blue Ridge Parkway. The park is part of the National Park Service and is open for camping generally Mid May to the end of October. They have tent and RV sites available. The sites are first come first serve but can also be reserved in advanced. (The camp ground does have a restroom facility which our girls appreciate.)
There are several trails accessible from the park. You can walk around the lake and also access the Boone Fork and Tanawha Trails which are a couple of our favorites! Many breathtaking views can be witnessed along these trails!
We take our kayaks with us when we go and enjoy paddling with the beavers that live in the lake! They also have rentals available.
Each Tent Site has a tent pad, picnic table and a fire ring with a fold over grill.
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Price Park offers lush natural landscaping, breathtaking scenery and an abundance of wildlife.
There are not many things more peaceful then sitting fireside watching the moon glisten over the lake by night...
Or waking up to the sunrise peeking over your tent as you prepare you morning coffee.
We enjoy car camping just as much as we love backpack camping. We try to get in a little of each all year long. Price Park is the first place we camped as a family and we have made this an annual trip since then.
If you find yourself winding through the Blue Ridge Parkway, look up Julian Price Park and pay it a visit. We love this place and all it has to offer and we are sure you would love it too!
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