5 Best Picnic Spots in the Triad


Photo by Myra Wright

With the end of the school year just around the corner it’s time to start summer plans. What better way is there to spend a summer afternoon than a picnic? The Triad is home to many great scenic locations that are perfect for picnics. Here are our top picks.

1. Reynolda Gardens
100 Reynolda Village
Winston-Salem, NC 27106

Admission: There is no charge for the gardens, grounds or greenhouses. The gardens and grounds are open during daylight hours year-round and the greenhouses are open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. except on Saturdays during July.

Why it Made Our List: Whether you pack a picnic lunch or pick up something to go at one of the three delicious restaurants in neighboring Reynolda Village, there are tons open or more secluded spaces. My daughter and I usually walk down the hill and picnic in front of the waterfall since it gives such a pretty view.

2. Pilot Mountain State Park
1792 Pilot Knob Park Road
Pinnacle, NC 27043

Admission: Free. The hours vary depending on day of the week and time of the year, as well as which section (Mountain Section versus Yadkin River Section). Parking is limited though so expect delays specifically on weekends.

Why it Made Our List: It’s a mountain peak right here in the Triad! On clear days, you can view the Winston-Salem skyline from the top. There are amazing views on the Yadkin River section as well. This is also a great place to hike after your picnic and burn off some of those calories.

3. Lake Daniel Park & Greenway
410 Mimosa Drive
Greensboro, NC 27408

Admission: The park is free and open to the public. Both the park and greenway are open from sunrise to sunset.

Why it Made Our List: This City of Greensboro park offers plenty of picnic spots to relax and enjoy a meal. The Lake Daniel Greenway is an ideal to way to work up an appetite with its 2-mile paved multi-use path that is great for walking or biking and even offers exercise stations along the way. The park also offers tennis, volleyball and basketball courts.

4. Tanglewood Park
4061 Clemmons Road
Clemmons, NC 27012

Admission: Entrance fees are $8 for passenger vans and buses, and $2 for all other vehicles. Annual passes, available for purchase at the Welcome Center, are $50 for passenger vans and buses and $25 for all other vehicles. Park hours vary depending on the time of year but in the summer from May 1 to August 1 they are open from 6:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. and from Aug. 2 through Sept. 30 are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Why it Made Our List: This is a wonderful place to picnic for those looking for a full day of family fun. There is so much to do at Tanglewood that it’s a great place to picnic and spend the day. Activities and amenities available include swimming, golf, horseback riding, hiking, playgrounds, campground, tennis, gardens, numerous special events and concerts, and more. The Farmers Market is open to the public every Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to noon.

5. Winston Square Park Amphitheater
310 Marshall St. N
Winston-Salem, NC 27101

Admission: This park, run by the City of Winston-Salem, is free and open to the public. Occasionally, events and concerts are held here which might be subject to admission fees.

Why it Made Our List: It’s a park right in the middle of downtown Winston-Salem, proving a fun, urban feel for a change from the “normal picnic spots.” There are plenty of steps to sit on in the amphitheater while watching the picturesque water fountain. With tons of locally owned restaurants in the downtown area, it’s also a fun idea to order carry out from one and not worrying about making your own food!


Suzy Fielders is a freelance writer from Winston-Salem.

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