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Planning the Perfect Picnic to Connect with Nature and Create Memories

bright blue sky overhead and a picnic basket on green grass

A picnic is not just a way to enjoy a meal; it’s an invitation to connect with nature and create lasting memories with friends and family.

When it comes to picturesque picnic spots, Western North Carolina offers a bounty of locations where the backdrop of the Blue Ridge Mountains and the sounds of cascading streams set a perfect scene. Here’s how to plan an unforgettable picnic in this beautiful region.

Choose Your Spot

DuPont State Recreational Forest: Known for its stunning waterfalls and ample hiking trails, this forest offers several serene spots where you can lay your picnic blanket. The sound of the water and the shade of the trees create a peaceful dining ambiance.

The Blue Ridge Parkway: Various overlooks along the Parkway provide breathtaking views of the Appalachian Highlands. Pack a meal and find a quiet spot to enjoy the sunset.

Botanical Gardens at Asheville: Ideal for those who prefer a more manicured natural environment. The gardens offer a tranquil setting with the convenience of being close to the city.

What to Pack

• Food: Choose easy-to-pack items that can withstand a bit of travel. Sandwiches, wraps, fruits, and salads are perfect. Don’t forget some sweet treats for dessert.

• Drinks: Water, iced tea, or fruit-infused waters are refreshing choices. Remember to stay hydrated, especially if you’re out on a warm day.

• Utensils and Napkins: Eco-friendly options like bamboo utensils and cloth napkins are not only better for the environment but also add a nice touch to your picnic setup.

• Comfort: A comfortable blanket is a must. Consider bringing along pillows for extra seating comfort and a tablecloth to lay over a picnic table if you prefer not to sit on the ground.

• Entertainment: Bring along games, a Frisbee, or a deck of cards. If you’re musically inclined, a guitar or a small portable speaker can set the mood for some background music.

Safety and Etiquette

• Leave No Trace: It’s crucial to pack out everything you brought. Keeping our natural spaces clean and pristine ensures that others can enjoy them too.

• Be Weather Wise: Check the forecast before you go. Being prepared for rain or unusually hot weather can make or break your picnic experience.

• Respect Wildlife: Keep a safe distance from any animals you encounter and do not feed them.

straw hat and a picnic basket on the grass

Western North Carolina’s diverse landscapes provide the perfect setting for a day out picnicking. Whether you’re looking for a mountain adventure or a peaceful retreat near the water, there’s a spot waiting to be discovered.

Happy Picnicking!


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