After a dark, rainy drive along the Blue Ridge Parkway, we arrived at Julian Price Campground later than expected. The check-in area was already closed so we made our way to the campsite. With it being late and rainy we decided to just nestle in for the night, and do a little exploring come morning.
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Arriving at Julian Price Campground on the Blue Ridge Parkway
Ryan and I woke up early the next morning and were greeted by an absolutely beautiful view. The light rain last night added a brightness to the fall colors and the fog was slowly starting to lift. This would be where we call home for a couple of days.
The original plans for the day was to head out early to Grandfather Mountain in hopes to beat the crowds. Did that happen? Not exactly. I’m not sure what it is about sleeping in a tent or bus, but whatever it is our boys love it. It never fails that they’ll end up sleeping in. Once awake, they pulled out their chairs and enjoyed a warm up of tea and a quick breakfast before we headed out for the day.
About Julian Price Campground
Julian Price Campground is located at mile post 297 and is a beautiful parkway campground. This location offers both tent and RV sites. Do keep in mind that at Julian Price Campground, there is no tent camping allowed in the RV section. Both the tent and RV sites have lantern posts, fire rings and picnic tables. The tent sides do have tent pads as well. There are no showers at this campground, but the “comfort stations” do have flushing toilets and cold water sinks.
We stayed in site F38 which is close to a comfort station,but still offered a lot of privacy. There was basically no other spots taken around us. If you noticed from the picture above, there are what I could call “scallop” sites. These are the first come/first serve RV sites. While it seems like you’re out in the road, the picnic table and fire ring are nestled in a way that you’ll get privacy in those spots.
Julian Price Campground is adjacent to beautiful Price Lake to enjoy fishing. If you’re feeling more adventurous, Julian Price Lake also offers boat rentals. If you aren’t into fishing, no worries. You’re just a couple minutes away from Julian Price Memorial Park trails. Julian Price Memorial Park has hiking trails, picnic tables, comfort stations and more. You’re also just a hop, skip and a jump from downtown Boone, Blowing Rock and Grandfather Mountain.
Before we left the the campground, we did drive through to see what spots would most appeal to our family. The tent camping area has tons of room which is perfect for the kids to run around and play, and the entire campground also offers a lot of shade.
Things to know when visiting Julian Price Campground
» They offer a Jr. Ranger program.
» Bring your own firewood.They don’t have it for sale at the campground, but if you need to purchase some you’re just a short drive from the Food Lion in Blowing Rock.
» There are “comfort stations”. These areas only include restrooms at this time. No showers are available. The restrooms are a little dark, so you may want to have a headlamp just in case. In the times we’ve stayed at Julian Price, we’ve never had an issue with dirty restrooms.
» At this campground, there is no tent camping allowed in the RV section. We did notice that the first-come-first-serve tent spots go fast, while there are plenty of RV sites that were left. Some sites offer more privacy than others.
» Julian Price Campground is a seasonal campground and closes for the winter season. Usually they wrap up the last weekend in October.