Hike from Price Park to the Hebron Rocks

We will be meeting to hike the Boone Fork Trail starting at Price Park down to Hebron Rocks and back. While the weather is still warm enough to enjoy the falls and the Fall color is plentiful, this hike will be done at a leisurely pace with short stops to enjoy the river and explore the boulders.

Meet us at the new "To Hebron Falls" sign at the trailhead and Park Map, just past the bridge and parking area. We will hike in and out via the Boone Fork Trail.

Note on Parking & Car Pooling: Due to the government shutdown, the gate to Price Park picnic area is closed.  I drove by today and parking is along the roadside.  There is also a parking area at the Price Lake overlook next to the lake itself.  Parking along the roadway is fine, but NPS regulations state to pull at least 5' from the edge.  You may want to carpool from somewhere in Blowing Rock or Boone to conserve space.  We will still meet as described below.  The map below will show you where the best parking options are. Red is viable parking, yellow is trailhead sign location.

Hikers are welcome to meet early or stay later for a picnic.  Andrew Alexander will be leading the hike.  We will wait to start the trail until 10 minutes past 11am for a meet & greet.The entrance to Price Park is located at Milepost 297 on the Blue Ridge Parkway in Blowing Rock. Access the Google Map here.

Visit this page for a trail map and park description.

Julian Price Park is 3,900 acres of magnificence and enjoyment. The park provides picnic grounds, campgrounds, restrooms, nature walks, an amphitheater, hiking trails, trout fishing, and boat rentals. Julian Price obtained the beautiful forested area in the late 1930s and early 1940s. He planned to use the land as an vacation haven for the employees of Jefferson Standard Life Insurance Company. 

However, Julian Price's unfortunate death in 1946 postponed the plans. Jefferson Standard donated the land to the National Park Service for public use, requesting that Boone Fork be dammed to create Price Lake as a memorial for Julian Price. The trails in the park vary in length, but all will take you through the forests, by the streams, and into the meadows of this beautiful and various land. 

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  • Rick B.

    Is anyone inspired and motivated for a hike this weekend? Life is short!

    October 16, 2013

  • Rick B.

    Would anyone be interested in hiking somewhere next weekend?

    October 13, 2013

  • Joelle Sarada R.

    Hey Christine, the falls are 1.4 miles from the Price Park parking lot. If you park along the road in front of the park (you'll see other cars) and walk into the park, go to the beginning of Boone Fork trail (cross little footbridge on your left after passing the restrooms (which are locked). There will be a small wooden sign pointing in the direction of the falls. Just follow the path. There's another meet up happening today meeting at Elk Knob parking lot at 10:30am today. Host generally leaves about 10 minutes after (10:40) but in Todd. Pretty beautiful out there!

    1 · October 13, 2013

  • Chris

    does anyone have the route or can tell me how far the trip is to the falls
    Sorry I missed it. Christine~

    October 13, 2013

  • Joe V.

    A mostly cloudy day couldn't stop us from brilliant fall leaf color and great conversations. A good hike to an awe-inspiring set of cascading waterfalls. Government shutdown gave us a chance to hike a trail almost in solitude when it would have otherwise been heavily hiked. Thanks for new memories everyone!

    1 · October 13, 2013

  • Joelle Sarada R.

    Sorry I missed this one but could join something next weekend. Hope you all had a great time!

    October 12, 2013

    • Joe V.

      Hey Joelle! I would like to arrange one next weekend, but it would have to be at the coast! Sarah, Andrew, and I will all be gone. Interested in leading a hike and I'll post/promote it for ya!?

      October 13, 2013

  • Joe V.

    Sarah, Andrew and I are carpooling from Deep Gap / Bamboo area. We can have room for one more and we'll be coming through Boone.

    October 11, 2013

  • Joe V.

    Note, I'm modifying the description for this event. It will be related to car pooling, parking, and the government shutdown. I rode out to Price Park today and discussed it above. Look forward to seeing you tomorrow.

    October 11, 2013

  • Rick B.

    If I wasn't already camping on Shortoff Mtn. at Linville Gorge this weekend, I would be there! Thanks for the invitation!

    October 8, 2013

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