A popular spot for recreational water sports on the Blue Ridge Parkway is closed until further notice. Julian Price Memorial Park is at the base of Grandfather Mountain in North Carolina's High Country.

National Park Service officials say Price Lake was hit hard by the remnants of Tropical Storm Fred. As a result, the dam that regulates the lake's flow was broken. It's now all but emptied.

Fishing, boating and other activities are currently prohibited. The nearby campgrounds and hiking trails remain open.

The park is named for insurance magnate Julian Price, who bought the 4,200-acre tract of land to provide a retreat for his employees. After he died, his heirs donated the property to the Blue Ridge Parkway.

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