While most of the region is showing fantastic fall color, there are some spots in the area that are more wind-blown than others. Price Park is one of them, but several trees are still hanging on to colorful leaves. Today’s photos are not meant to show the state of foliage across the region, but to give you an idea of what some places look like after prolonged rain and wind. A little bare, but still pretty for now.
Price Park has a lot to recommend. It’s only 2 miles from Blowing Rock on the Blue Ridge Parkway, and has two parts: Price Lake & Campground and Price Picnic Area. With the adjacent Moses Cone park, these parks make up the largest developed area set aside for public recreation on the Blue Ridge Parkway. If you haven’t been to the Picnic Area, there are tables and grills along the waters, and plenty of lawn space for frisbee, tag, or sunning. It’s also the start and end of one of the best hikes in the area, the Boone Fork Trail. The trail is a 5-mile loop, and takes you through rhododendron thickets, along the river, over boulders, and by cascades. It’s a perfect fall hike.
Price Park Picnic Area
elevation 3400 feet