Summer means outdoor eating. Here are seven popular Blue Ridge Picnic Spots. Add some produce, proteins, or preserves from local farms and community stores to your basket. And always “know before you go” – check location websites and social media for updates.
Popular Blue Ridge Picnic Spots
With so many scenic spots, it’s hard to pick our favorites. But here are three just an hour west of Washington, DC.
Bears Den, Bluemont VA: Take a hike and then enjoy a Blue Ridge picnic in the gazebo, at the stone pavilion, on the rocks, or under a shady tree. Best for kids 5+. Can be crowded on the weekends, so make it a weekday trip.
Sky Meadows State Park, Delaplane VA: Pack a picnic and explore the wetlands, fields and pastures of this Virginia State Park. On Saturdays, the park sets up a self-guided Explorer Outpost with a table full of discovery items and Junior Ranger booklets for socially distanced adventure.
C&O Canal, Shepherdstown, WV: There are several spots along the Canal where you can park for a picnic. Shepherdstown offers the best access. Enjoy a walk or a bike ride along the Canal and work up an appetite.
More Blue Ridge Picnic Spots
Spend a day on the water or in the woods of the Shenandoah Valley then enjoy a meal in the great outdoors.
Shenandoah River State Park: A large riverside picnic area, picnic shelters, trails, river access and a car-top boat launch make this a popular destination for families, anglers and canoeists. In addition to the river frontage, the park offers scenic views of Massanutten Mountain and Shenandoah National Park. After spending the day at the park and enjoying your picnic, stick around and (socially distance) view the stars.
Elizabeth Furnace Recreation Area: Part of the National Forest, this family-friendly recreation area is known for its swinging bridges. History buffs also enjoy this park. Here you’ll learn how iron was once made. Be sure to bring your fishing pole, too.
Picnic and Play
Families with younger children will enjoy a picnic with a barnyard experience. Back Home on the Farm near Harrisonburg, VA is open for summertime fun with 20+ activities for kids. Be sure to check out the butterfly release and meet the farm animals.
And if you’re looking for something closer to DC, take the kids and a picnic to Great Country Farms. Get in a round of Cow Pie Putt Putt!