With the nice spell of seasonable weather we’ve had here in the Smokies lately, the conditions have become a little more favorable to have a picnic. Usually a popular activity in spring and fall, picnicking in the last month or so hasn’t been as appealing because of heat and humidity. So if you’re staying in one of our Pigeon Forge or Gatlinburg cabin rentals this week, it may be a great time to strike while the iron—and not the weather—is hot.
Where are the best places to picnic in the Smokies, you may be wondering. Pretty much, it can be anywhere you want to put down a blanket, including city parks or green areas near the Little Pigeon River. But the most popular spots are, understandably, in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Keep in mind that park amenities usually feature picnic tables and outdoor grill areas and may or may not have spots for actually putting down a blanket, although the Cades Cove community has lots of nice spots for a traditional on-the-ground picnic.
Some of the favorite national park picnic spots include Cades Cove, Chimneys, Cosby, Greenbrier, Look Rock and Metcalf Bottoms. Many of these sites are near other activities and features of interest. For example, a picnic at Cades Cove would naturally lead to a tour of the 11-mile historical loop, while a picnic at Metcalf Bottoms would make it easy to take a hike to the Walker sisters’ cabin.