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BLUE RIDGE PARKWAY (Page 4)

From Julian Price Campground to Moses Cone

Mileposts 297 - 294
(heading North)
July 1, 2007

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Smokemont Campground
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Page 2 (MPs 390-340)
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Page 3 (MPs 316-304)
  Linville Falls CG
  Grandfather CG
  Grandfather Mountain

  Linn Cove Viaduct

Page 4 (MPs 297-294)
  Julian Price CG
  Moses Cone Park

Page 5 (MP 292 exit)
  Boone
  KOA Boone
  Village of Blowing Rock
  Blowing Rock Attraction
  Mast General Store

Page 6 (MPs 291-190)
  West Jefferson
  Church of the Frescoes
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Page 7 (MPs 217-176)
  Puckett Cabin
  Meadows of Dan CG
  Mabry Mill
  Mayberry Campground
  Mount Airy
  Pilot Mt. State Park

Page 8 (MPs 169-61)
  Rocky Knob CG
  Roanoke Mountain CG
  Virginia's Explore Park
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  Otter Creek CG

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  Jellystone Natural Bridge
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Below are places we saw along the way with links to separate pages, if applicable.
Mile-post Attraction
297
Julian Price Campground
(828) 963-5911
36.138600° N
81.73674° W
Altitude: 3,467'
  NPS site says this is the largest CG with 68 RV sites. But the site map shows there are 6 loops and none are marked for tents only. Loops E & F, however, are limited to RVs. In doing a drive through the loops, it seemed to me that Loops B, C & D had the smallest sites and were all tent campers. Loop E was the smallest (16 sites) and the most sunny and out in the open. Loop F has total of 46 sites and was a lot more woodsy. Loop A (35 sites) is the only one with some sites along Price Lake and easy access to lakeside trails. Loop A is across the parkway from the other loops and from where you check in. There's only one dump station and one set of dumpsters located near the check-in point.
I opted for Loop A because I wanted easy access to Price Lake. This loop is mostly shady, but there are a few sites on the meadow that are open and sunny. You can see the end of that area with the pullthrough to the left in site # A-34. That's me in site # A-35. It was woodsy enough that I didn't even try for satellite TV, but Verizon cell phone and air card worked fine here.
This is Section F, showing a pull-through on the right (F6) and a back-in across the street (F7). I think the pull throughs here are pretty narrow especially being right on the road.

I wish the pictures showed better how beautiful the rhododendrons are here. That large bush above is just covered with the light pink blooms. Alisa told me this park is spectacular in the fall with brilliantly colored trees.

I met another fantastic Visitor Use Assistant at Julian Price. Rob Peters is a student at Appalachian State University majoring in recreation management. I was impressed when he offered to drive me around the loops to check out the site I wanted, then led me into it. He became my hero when Gypsy ran out the RV door and into the woods. Rob circled around and was able to catch her before she got onto the road. Talk about above-and-beyond - whatta guy!
294 Moses H. Cone Memorial Park
 

Flat Top Manor is the star of this part of the parkway. In the 1900's Moses Cone bought over 3,500 acres in this area for the healthful benefits of this atmosphere and started building this "mansion in the sky."

 

Now it serves as a crafts center for local artisans and is a perfect stop along the parkway to sit on the rocking chairs on the front porch and take in expansive views such as this.

There's no entry fee, but there is also no parking area set aside for RVs. We passed by the first time after leaving Julian Price in the RV and while the lot is plenty big enough to turn around in and exit, it was full of cars with no room for even the smallest RV to park. So we came back in the tow car when staying in Boone. Keep this in mind when planning to visit here.
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