Fall in love with Picnics!

4 Nov

It might be autumn, but we aren’t ready to give up our picnic spirit just yet, thank you.

Check out this excerpt from an article from Southern Living – it has a few tasty food ideas, and a list of top picnic destinations as voted by staff. What’s YOUR favorite picnic spot?

Serves 4


Take it Outside
Our staff recommends these places for a getaway picnic.

  • Gorham’s Bluff, Alabama–Enjoy the view of the Tennessee River Valley from behind the Lodge On Gorham’s Bluff, located in the state’s northeast corner.
  • Pinnacle Overlook, Cumberland Gap National Historical Park, Kentucky–Feel like the king (or queen) of the hill when you picnic here with views of Kentucky, Virginia, and Tennessee.
  • Amicalola Falls State Park, Georgia–Add a little water to your adventure by dining alfresco at the top or bottom of one of the East’s tallest waterfalls.
  • Shenandoah National Park, Virginia–A wealth of turnouts with spectacular valley vistas dot Skyline Drive, the 105-mile road that snakes across the peaks of the Blue Ridge Mountains. (Try Fishers Gap Overlook, mile 49.4.)
  • Washington Oaks Gardens State Park, Florida–Time your picnic here during low tide, and get a front-row seat on one of the many large rocks that adorn this shore.
  • White Rock Mountain or Hawksbill Crag, Arkansas–An easy hike to either destination in the Ozarks takes picnicking to new heights.
  • Mount Bonnell, Texas–Take the stone stairs to the heavenly panoramic view above Lake Austin, and find a place to eat in “high style.”
  • Moses H. Cone Memorial Park, North Carolina–Near Blowing Rock on the Blue Ridge Parkway, pick a spot among the 25 miles of hiking trails.
  • Bald River Falls, Tennessee–Take a short hike to the top of this scenic area located near Tellico Plains.

This article is from the September 2005 issue of Southern Living.

Andria Scott Hurst, Sara Askew Jones

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