Whether you're by yourself with friends or on a romantic date a picnic is the best way to soak in summer days. I've created a list of my favorite spots in Asheville and Charleston.
Don't want to take the time to plan, purchase and setup your picnic? Don't worry that's what we are here for.
1.Craggy Gardens Picnic Area: This is just a short stunning drive North on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Bring a light weight jacket as the temps can be 10 degrees cooler since you are at a 3.500 foot higher elevation than Asheville.
2. Max Patch: One of the most iconic 360 degree views located on a 4,600 ft bald mountain top that was once used as pasture land. The summit is a very short hike from the parking lot. Once you're up there sit and set up camp to really take in the views for the day.
4. Biltmore Estate:Whether you're a tourist or you live in Asheville make sure to take full advantage of using Biltmore as your backyard. My 2 favorite spots for picnics are the lagoon area where you can spread out a blanket with the lagoon on one side and the French Broad river on the other side. For my second spot take a short hike up the Deerpark Trail to the back of the house and post up with a view of the house and the French Broad River in the background. + PRO TIP: Purchase your discounted day admission Biltmore tickets through us +
5. Pack Square Park: Post up and enjoy your picnic right in the middle of downtown Asheville. Pack Square is a large green space located in the heart of downtown. You can take in all the sites and sounds of downtown from this large sunny spot.
6. EW Grove Park: This might be one of my favorite parks in Asheville. This beautiful green space is located right on Charlotte Street surrounded by beautiful historic homes. During specific times of the year you can catch all the hydrangea blooming. You can always find locals relaxing on lunch break or soaking in the summer days.
1. Hampton Park: This is one of the cities largest parks. This park has it all with public restrooms, picnic tables, lagoons and benches.
2. Battery Park: Located right downtown this waterfront park features historic mansions, cannons, old oaks and views of Fort Sumter.
3.Riverfont Park: This park is set on the banks of the Cooper River and is a favorite for locals and visitors.
4. Waterfront Park: This park is easily recognized by its beautiful pineapple fountain. This romantic park has 10 acres to sprawl out. Make sure to walk down the pier and catch an open swing.
5. Colonial Lake: This park has a .5 mile walking path that is perfect for walking off that picnic.