Two enchanting parks can be found at the base of Grandfather Mountain, on a lovely side of the Blue Ridge Parkway near Blowing Rock. Moses Cone Memorial Park features a picturesque 13,000 square foot manor, Flat Top Manor, built in the Colonial Revival style, circa 1901. The Parkway Craft Center is housed inside the historic 20-room home. Set amongst 3,500 acres which feature ponds, lakes, carriage trails (which are still used), and some gorgeous fields and forests, Moses Cone Park is a place that folks often go horseback riding in Western North Carolina. The Crafsmen’s Trail is a nice looped, hiking trail that offers plenty of scenery. Moses. H. Cone was a noted American businessman that made his wealth in textiles at the turn of the 20th century. At one time, he was the leading manufacturer of denim.
Julian Price Memorial Park is adjacent to the Moses Cone Memorial Park and trails. It comprises more than 4,300 acre and features a small lake in which folks fish, hiking, canoe and walk around, along with a 300 seat amphitheatre. The park’s trails are a prominent feature and the Price Lake Loop Trail is often used for scenic walks. One trail the Tanawha Trail (13.5 miles) passes just under the Linn Cove Viaduct near the Grandfather Mountain. Julian Price was a renowned executive who purchased land near the parkway in the 1930’s and 1940’s, which he later donated.
Beech Mountain North Carolina, elevation 5,506 feet, is just a short drive down the Blue Ridge Parkway from these beautiful and enchanting parks. Check out the deals on our Rentals Beech Mountain and choose to stay in our cozy Beech Mountain Lodging condos rather than one of the overpriced Beech Mountain Hotels. Our spacious units offer the right amount of comfort and are close by to your favorite Western NC Tourist Attractions. Read more about fun Blue Ridge Mtn vacation activities near Beech Mountain and get started planning your trip today!