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Day Use and Picnic Areas in Western North Carolina

Looking for a Day Use Area to have a Picnic in the Western North Carolina or Smoky Mountains, use the links below to find the perfect location for your next outing within the area you are interested in visiting....

Day Use and Picnic Sites in the Smoky Mountains of North Carolina

Day Use and Picnic Sites in Buncombe County, North Carolina

Day Use and Picnic Sites in Cherokee County, North Carolina

Day Use and Picnic Sites in Clay County, North Carolina

Day Use and Picnic Sites in Graham County, North Carolina

Day Use and Picnic Sites in Great Smoky Mountains, North Carolina

Day Use and Picnic Sites in Jackson County, North Carolina

Day Use and Picnic Sites in Macon County, North Carolina

Day Use and Picnic Sites in Nantahala Gorge, North Carolina

Day Use and Picnic Sites in Swain County, North Carolina

Day Use and Picnic Sites in Transylvania County, North Carolina

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Greensboro Parks and Picnic Area

Winery in Greensboro

Grove Winery & Vineyards Grove Winery and Vineyards in northeastern Guilford County is located 7 miles from the Greensboro city limits. The winery is open noon-6 pm daily for tastings or simply a glass of wine on our patio.     Greensboro Visitor Guide and Information Request

Other Picnic Areas

Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest
Located in the far reaches of Graham County, Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest is one of the last stands of virgin timber in the United States. Here you’ll find 400-year-old trees standing 100 feet tall and 20 feet around, and a carpet of wildflowers and moss welcome you to this natural cathedral.

Linville Gorge
The Linville River has carved a gash in the earth more than 2,000 feet deep to create this wild, rugged area, often referred to as the Grand Canyon of the East. Rich in both plant and animal life, you won’t run out of things to see and enjoy as you hike to your perfect picnic spot.

New River State Park
The slow, peaceful river and abundant wildflowers make this a perfect place for a quiet picnic. If you’re feeling adventurous, launch a canoe and enjoy your picnic on placid waters. Flowing on its present course since before the Appalachian Mountains were formed, the New River is thought to be one of the oldest rivers in North America.

Stone Mountain State Park
Numerous trailside dining spots along the Stone Mountain Loop Trail offer great views of the magnificent 600-foot granite dome. About 1.25 miles from the top is Stone Mountain Falls, a cascading waterfall tumbling about 200 feet into a pool.


Morrow Mountain State Park
Two picnic grounds, one atop the park’s namesake and the other near the pool, make for great resting spots during a day of hiking, horseback riding or fishing. If you’re an adventurous picnicker, take a canoe for a row across Lake Tillery and up the Uwharrie River. Canoe and boat rentals are available.

Hanging Rock State Park
This 6,000-acre park has 18 miles of hiking trails that lead to waterfalls, caves and great views. Not far from the bustle of the Triad region, Hanging Rock contains the highest peaks of the Sauratown Mountains – named for the Saura Indians.

Picnic at Hanging Rock State Park

Enjoy a picnic at Hanging Rock State Park, accompanied by the sounds of a waterfall

Eno River State Park
The park, a 3,900-acre sanctuary with five access areas, offers a multitude of picnic sites for hikers and boaters alike. Beavers, river otters, whitetail deer and even mink have been seen here. At least 61 species of fish call the river home.

Lumber River State Park
A total of 115 miles of scenic waters flow through this great dining location. Wildflowers, ranging from mountain laurel and wild azalea to spider lily and native wisteria, can be seen from the river, while bald cypress, tulip poplar, river birch and water elm form a canopy over the park’s swamps.


Cliffs of the Neuse State Park
Turn-of-the-century visitors flocked here to “take the waters” from local mineral springs. Today, picnickers enjoy spectacular views of the multi-colored cliffs that rise 90 feet above their surroundings and extend for 600 yards along the banks of the Neuse River near Goldsboro.

Jockey’s Ridge State Park
Located on North Carolina’s storied Outer Banks you’ll find the tallest sand dunes on the East Coast and some of the most gorgeous sunsets anywhere. Spend your day hiking, hang gliding, kite flying and swimming and then enjoy a sunset picnic atop Jockey’s Ridge.

Hammocks Beach State Park
One of the most pristine stretches on the Atlantic coast, Hammocks Beach is located on 3.5-mile-long Bear Island and is accessible only by park ferry or private boat. Herons and egrets greet you as you pass through the Intracoastal Waterway.

Merchants Millpond State Park
An enchanted forest of bald cypress trees and Spanish moss beckon visitors. From the millpond’s shallow waters to the dark swamp, where the forest of cypress and tupelo gum thickens, this is a nature lover’s dream.

Lake Waccamaw State Park
Sandy shorelines and tree-lined natural areas offer a peaceful picnic spot. You will find species of animals here that are found nowhere else on the planet, as well as rare plants and endangered animals.

National Parks - North Carolina

Golf near Winsome Forest:

Places to Visit:

Rudd Farm    4021 Hicone Rd.,Greensboro, NC, (336) 621-1264
    Buy Strawberries in season (ends around end of June) and Fresh produce.

Scheduling a Field Trip to Rudd Farm

Field trips are geared towards children between the ages of 4 – 7 years of age (generally pre-school through second grade). We require adequate supervision, since we have a limited staff to assist the children in the field. To schedule a field trip please call or email the farm at 336-621-1264 or It’s a good idea to book early since the time slots fill up quickly.

Ingram Strawberry Farms  6121 Riverdale Drive, High Point, NC, (336) 431-2369, Strawberries, M-F 7am till 7pm, Saturday 7am till 5pm while in Season (ends around end of June)
oung adults.
We enjoy having families come out together and enjoy the experience of picking strawberries. We actually have patrons that were coming out with their parents as children and because of the good experience are returning to us as young adults.

   Some helpful hints to keep in mind:
  1. The age of the children participating should meet your expectations. Picking a small bucket might be the extent of enthusiasm for a younger child. Feel free to bring a small picking pail such as a sand bucket so the younger children can "fill their pail" all by themselves.
  2. Bring along a snack and drink for your children - this will usually buy you a little extra patch time.
  3. Strawberries grow best in the sun. With this in mind - be sure to apply plenty of sun screen and maybe choose cooler times of day to pick. Early morning and late afternoon seem to work best for our younger patrons.
  4. If you have very young children, feel free to bring along the stroller. We will be glad to assist you with getting it to the field.
  5. We do ask that you keep all minors with you at ALL times. This is a working farm with all of the tractors and ponds that excite little ones. We also ask that you are mindful of the strawberries that your children are picking - (is it a strawberry that you want to carry home?)

Greensboro Children's Museum   220 North Church Street | Greensboro NC 27401 | 336-574-2898
    Greensboro Children's Museum field trips, Discovery Visits, encourage creativity and discovery as students explore Museum Exhibits.
childrens museum

Natural Science Center of Greensboro   4301 Lawndale Drive,Greensboro, NC 27455, (336) 288-3769, Email:
Natural Science Center of Greensboro

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