Carolina Picnic Getaways
Ridge Parkway National Park
Milepost 292.7- Moses H. Cone
The park covers 3,600 acres. Many miles of
horse and carriage trails, hiking, fishing.
Milepost 294 - Historic Flat Top
Parkway Craft Center; comfort station;
visitor information, publications.
Milepost 295 Julian Price Memorial
This area covers 4,344 acres. Campground,
picnic area, lake, boating, fishing, trails. Alt. 3,400
Moses H. Cone and
Julian Price Memorial Parks
The late 19th century saw the emergence of a
new upper class, composed of those men who had made their fortunes
in the Gilded Age. Textile entrepreneur Moses H. Cone purchased
3,600 acres of land near Blowing Rock and built one of North
Carolina's premier turn-of-the-century country estates. Julian
Price, an insurance executive, in the late 1930s and early 1940s,
bought thousands of acres of land to create a retreat for the
employees of the Jefferson Standard Life Insurance Company. Both the
Cone and Price lands were later given to the Parkway.
Today the combined parkland comprises the
largest developed area along the Parkway. It offers a wide variety
of recreational activities, including miles of hiking and horse
trails, boating and fishing, camping and picnic areas, mountain
handicraft demonstrations and sales, and daily guided walks and
evening campfire programs.
The largest campground on the Parkway is
located at Julian Price Memorial Park along with one of the more
popular picnic areas. Interpretive programs, fishing, boat rentals
for Price Lake, and an extensive trail system including the Tanawha
Trail across the face of Grandfather Mountain make for a delightful
The Moses Cone estate, Flat Top Manor,
houses the Parkway's official craft center, along with a book sales
area. The estate contains a family cemetery, carriage and apple
barn, and an extensive system of carriage trails offer opportunity
for a unique Parkway visit.
Milepost 304.4 Linn Cove Viaduct
A marvel of modern engineering, the last
link in the Skyline Drive/Blue Ridge Parkway to be finished,
connecting approximately 470 miles of National Highway. Visitor
information, comfort station, publications. Trail access viaduct.
The Linn Cove Viaduct hugs the face of
Grandfather Mountain and is recognized internationally as an
engineering marvel. This was the last section of the Parkway to be
completed and a model of the construction technique highlights a
visit to the Linn Cove Visitor Center.
Several motels and bed-and-breakfast inns
are located in or near Boone and Blowing Rock, just off the Parkway.