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An easy 2.3-mile loop around Price Lake with lots of roots, rhodo thickets, and mountain views.


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Map Key

2.3

Miles

3.8

KM

Loop

3,409' 1,039 m

High

3,386' 1,032 m

Low

90' 27 m

Up

90' 27 m

Down

1%

Avg Grade (1°)

4%

Max Grade (2°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Fall Colors · Lake · River/Creek · Wildlife

Family Friendly Easy trail with no obstacles. Nice lake views, and the occasional small boulder to scramble around on.

Overview

This is an easy 2.3-mile loop which circles Price Lake and cuts through the campground. The trail features a few great views of Grandfather Mountain. Canoeing and kayaking are also permitted on the lake.

Need to Know

The trail is often damp, even after dry stretches, due to dense rhododendron thickets. Be prepared to get your shoes muddy, even on sunny days.

Description

Price Lake Loop is a rooty beginner trail through thick, lush Appalachian forest. the foliage is dense, but the trail is easy to follow and features several bridges and boardwalks through marshy areas. The loop makes for a nice after-work hike and is suitable for the whole family. Price Lake is located at Milepost 297 on the Blue Ridge Parkway. You can park at the Price Lake overlook or the boat rental lot and take the 2.3-mile loop in either direction.

Flora & Fauna

Lots of thick Rhododendron.

Shared By:

Alex Waterworth

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  4.1 from 35 votes

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Photos

Steps on path.
Oct 11, 2023 near Blowing…, NC
Price Lake with Grandfather Mountain in the distance.
May 17, 2015 near Blowing…, NC
Price Lake
Jan 19, 2016 near Blowing…, NC
Emerging from the rhodo thicket.
May 17, 2015 near Blowing…, NC
Lake fog.
Jan 20, 2016 near Blowing…, NC
A lakeside clearing along the Price Lake Loop Trail
May 17, 2015 near Blowing…, NC

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Oct 23, 2023
Shana Sek
Sep 8, 2023
Justin Thigpen
Aug 13, 2023
Kathleen Burroughs
fun hike with dad. saw lot of birds, a snake, and tons of frogs laying out on the logs 2.3mi — 1h 12m
Jun 26, 2021
Andres Tellez Bohorquez
9h 00m
Apr 15, 2021
Drew Sigmon
2.3mi — 0h 50m
Mar 27, 2021
Elizabeth McCracken
2.3mi — 1h 03m
Oct 3, 2020
Drew Sigmon
2.4mi — 0h 53m
Aug 10, 2020
Jennifer Marquardt
Great hike with Joye, Betty, and Earletta! 3.6mi
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