2.3 miles, round-trip Loop **Easy
At the beginning of the Price Lake Loop
Trail is a sign which reads:
"Julian Price Memorial Park
The Julian Price Memorial Park, comprising
4,200 acres, is named in honor of its former
owner, the late Julian Price, for many years
president of the Jefferson Standard Life
Insurance Company of Greensboro, NC. The
company and Mr. Price's son and daughter,
Ralph C. Price and Mrs. Joseph McKinley
Bryan, cooperated in the acquisition and
dedication of this property as a public
recreation area for all to enjoy
United States Department of Interior
National Park Service."
Even though the Price Lake Loop trail is only 2.3 miles round-trip, you may want to spend more time than it takes to just hike around the trail. A whole day for this trail would not be too much time to set aside. There are many things to do including hiking, fishing, canoeing, and camping.
Along the way be on the lookout for signs of beavers, ducks, frogs, and other wildlife. If you enjoy fishing, (North Carolina or Virginia Fishing license required) this is a good trail to take your rod and reel. There are many places along the trail you can cast your line.
From the Price Lake Overlook, go to the left over the bridge. Ascend the steps into the forest, and you'll soon leave the sounds of motorist behind. On the first half of the trail you'll never stray too far from the lake. The first 3/4 of the trail will be soft and easy. After going most of the way around the lake, you may find it necessary to balance yourself on several rocks passed a very wet trail, especially after a heavy rain.
During the last 1/4 of the trail you'll pass the boat rental at Boone Fork Overlook. During the summer canoes can be rented at $12.00 for the first hour and $10.00 for each additional hour. Next you'll pass through the Julian Price Campground where you can stay during the summer for only $16.00 per night per campsite. (Fees subject to change) Very soon after passing through the campground, you'll be back to where you began.