We get out about once a week to hike usually in central to western North Carolina. We hike slowly and stop often to enjoy the views and the little treasures that nature offers. We enjoy waterfall, river, and mountain hikes frequently visiting The Blue Ridge Parkway, the Great Smoky Moutains National Park, and Pisgah National Forest.
We wanted to enjoy the Fall color along the Blue Ridge Parkway while including a relaxed walk so we headed for Price Lake. Starting the 2.3 mile loop from the overlook parking we headed counterclockwise. The trail stays close to the parkway passing a small fishing platform, a section of the campground, the amphitheater, and the boat rental area with additional parking.
At this point the trail moves deeper into the woods with several bridges crossing the creeks feeding the lake. The water was clear but we didn't see any minnows at this time of year. There was much evidence of beaver activity both old and recent. The lake is in clear view along most of the trail. The trail on this side was mostly level with only a little mud.
This trail was busy today with family groups enjoying the views, picnicing, and fishing. We have hiked here at other times of year and seen far fewer people. It was still a peaceful walk with many ins and outs of coves so that the trail did not feel crowded. On the back side we came to one area that was quite wet from the rains this week. This area is not normally this wet.
The last portion of the trail stayed really close to the lake with good views. There were a couple of spots where we had to watch our footing as the trail crosses rocks sloping down to the river. This is an easy trail but not obstacle free. It is a fun trail for children. The trail leaves the woods right beside the parking and across from the dam.