5 spots for the perfect picnic

It’s time to dust off the checkered picnic basket + blanket.

People enjoying a picnic.

Surround yourself in the wildflower blooms at Craggy Gardens picnic area.

Photo by National Park Service

With spring in full swing, it’s time to take lunch outside. We’ve rounded up five of the best spots to enjoy a picnic.

But first, an important question: what’s on the menu? Grab a pre-made basket from Asheville Picnic Company or The Rhu, fully loaded sandwiches from Silverball Subs, or charcuterie to-go from South Slope Cheese Co.

Botanical Gardens at Asheville, 151 WT Weaver Blvd.
This easily accessible spot is ideal for lunching and learning about native plants and flowers — just make sure to leave the space as you found it.

Carrier Park, 220 Amboy Rd.
Plenty of parking and grilling spots aren’t the only thing this park has to offer. Work up an appetite playing on one of the volleyball or basketball courts or skating on the velodrome.

Craggy Gardens Picnic Area, 3676 Blue Ridge Pkwy., Barnardsville
Travel the winding roads of the Blue Ridge Parkway for a scenic meal surrounded by colorful wildflowers and blossoming rhododendrons. The picnic area is open daily until sunset with grills and plenty of parking available.

Max Patch, Max Patch Rd., Hot Springs
You’ll have to travel a bit over an hour to see these 360-degree views, but we promise they are well worth the drive. Throw down your picnic blanket and take in the stunning views of the Appalachian Mountains.

Carrier Park's Splashville

Cool off in the fountains at Splashville.

Photo from AVLtoday team.

Pack Square Park, 80 Court Plaza
There’s nothing like a packed lunch after a day of playing in the water. Cool off in the fountains at Splasheville and refuel with a picnic on the green — or bring your picnic basket full of goodies to one of the monthly Movies in the Park.

The fun doesn’t have to stop here. Explore all the parks our city has to offer with our guide to 23 parks in Asheville.

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