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.