The campground is old and needs a little maintenance, but we loved it. Great views, close to Blowing Rock, Boone, and hundreds of hiking trails.
We originally had reservations for site A14, but was allowed to move to site A32. Loop A is mostly tent sites. A14 is a side-of-the-road, pull thru RV site with very little room between the road and the curb. Lots of shade though. There are three steps leading up to the tent pad and picnic table. It was not ideal for our teardrop camp setup. So, we asked if we could move to A32.
Site A32 is a wide back-in site. It is almost level side to side, but falls a little toward the back. The border curb traps water in the back but not too bad.
We liked A32 best because it was in a meadow, with lots of sun for our solar panels and not too close to any other sites on the sides or behind it. It is a favorite grazing site for deer at sunrise.
Large rigs might have trouble in Loop A, B, C, & D. The roads are narrow and curvy. Beware of edge drop-offs. Some are severe.
Assume no cell service because it is hit or miss. We were able to get text messages and phone calls occasionally but no internet. Sites D7–D13 is the only area we could get usable internet, 2-3 bars LTE on Verizon. I had some success down the road at the picnic area as well. We drove into Blowing rock to get a strong signal.
Lastly, the only showers in loop D are great but you may have to stand in line when the campground is full.
This is a favorite campground for locals and tourists. Beware it gets packed on holiday weekends. We stayed the week before Labor Day and was great until Friday.
We will visit again.
Beautiful Parkway campground that usually has plenty of room. Sites have tent pads, fire rings, lantern posts & picnic tables. "Comfort stations" have flush toilets & cold water sinks only. No showers anywhere on site. We tent camp, so this is a downside. We were boarding our horses at the nearby Broyhill Equestrian Preserve, where they do have showers, so we were more comfortable than we have been in the past. But, this is a small price to
Julian Price campground is along the Blue Ridge Parkway near Blowing Rock, a really great location with easy access to Boone, Grandfather Mountain, and Linville Gorge. I've camped here a few times at the tent sites. Most recently was in April, before all the loops were opened. The bathrooms also weren't open yet - just portable toilets, but the cost was less. They do not have showers at any time as with most National Park campgrounds. It's pretty quiet and there's a decent amount of room between sites for a developed campground. Overall, a nice campground. There's only a few reservable sites and they're hard to get so you have to take your chances with first-come sites.
Having spent a considerable amount of time in our North Carolina state parks, I expected the same caliber of professionalism and cleanliness from this federal park on the Blue Ridge Parkway. While I was satisfied with my visit, the facility has much to be desired. We stayed on site A10 - which has an amazing view of, and access to, the lake. (But beware, the tent pad wasn't level, and I spent most of my night fighting to keep from rolling out of the tent!!!) The tent pads are so small that most will only accommodate one tent, which can make for some awkward moments if you're not super comfortable and intimate with your traveling companions. The restrooms were dark and small, with spider eggs and cobwebs haunting the walls and ceilings. One of the two toilets in the women's room has a special trick to flushing it, and neither of the two faucets in the women's room worked. I chose to brush my teeth in the men's room while someone else stood guard for me. Also, they do not close the gate at night, which is fine - you can stay out late in town eating supper or whatever... But on the other hand, I would never feel safe staying here alone, which has never been a problem for me. The activities, trails, and other daytime accommodations were wonderful, but as for the actual campground, the whole place just feels isolated, but not "get away from it all" isolated, more like, "abandoned" isolated. I will certainly consider going back, I just wish I had read some reviews beforehand so I could have planned a little more thoroughly.
If you're looking for a good campground on the Blue Ridge Parkway, this is a good one. There are well over 100 campsites. If it had not been for the torrential rains we would have been able to enjoy it more, but that obviously is not something that can be helped. We camped for one night in the A loop and had a view of the lake. There is a bathroom facility within a minute or 2 walk. Since it rained so much there were very few other campers so parking 2 cars was not an issue, but most sites only have room for 1 car then you have to use the overflow parking lots. Normally you can rent a canoe or kayak for $13 an hour at the lake concession building which also sells some snacks and firewood. We did not get to check out the hiking trails due to the rain, but I have heard they are very scenic. We will probably try again when the weather is better and things have dried out.