Who needs a table and service to enjoy a meal, anyways? While we love our Atlanta restaurants, sometimes a little picnic is just what the doctor (or perhaps, mayor) ordered. Whether you’re avoiding dining rooms in restaurants or at home, we’ve got Atlanta’s best picnic spots picked-out, below.

Sweetwater Creek State Park

You won't believe the beautiful rapids and duck ponds at Sweetwater Creek State Park, located just west of Atlanta, are so close to visit. Take a hike to Civil War-era ruins, and during spring and summer, rent canoes, stand-up paddleboards and boats—after you pack up your picnic, of course.

1750 Mt. Vernon Rd.
Lithia Springs
Online: gastateparks.com

 

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Roger's Bridge Park

Adjacent to the Chattahoochee, Gwinnett County’s Rogers Bridge Park in Duluth has running trails, an historic steel bridge, and ample greenspace.

4291 Rogers Bridge Rd.
Duluth
Online: duluthga.net

 

Piedmont Park

Just because it's well known doesn't mean there aren't perfect picnic spots just begging for your blanket and basket to pay them a visit. We like the Promenade for its easy proximity to the parking deck and Gardens, but if you want to wander, head towards 10th St. and the Eastern-most side of the lake.

10th & Monroe Ave.
Midtown
Online: piedmontpark.org

Sope Creek Park

Three miles of trails lead to the ruin of a Civil War-era paper mill, surrounded by a forest, streams and ponds. After your picnic, set your kiddos loose on the boulders and waterfalls that you can find along the trails.

3760 Paper Mill Rd.
Marietta
Online: nps.gov

Vickery Creek

With a wooden covered bridge, historic remnants of the Roswell Mill, and over five miles of trails through a forest and past waterfalls, Vickery Creek promises plenty to do beyond the basket.

85 Mill St.
Roswell
Online: atlantatrails.com

—Shelley Massey

 

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