Celebrate the season's colorful palette with a weekend picnic.

Roanoke, West Virginia
"Two-Day Escapes" is from the August 2006 issue of Southern Living.
| Credit: Photography Gary Clark

Nothing beats fall's fabulous weather. Rich blue skies, shimmery light, and trees flush with warm seasonal hues tempt us to get outside for inspiring adventures. What better way to take advantage of these glorious days than with a picnic? Grab a map, pack a basket with these tasty goodies, and head to your favorite spot for an invigorating day of food and fun.

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Take it Outside
Our staff recommends these places for a getaway picnic.

  • Gorham's Bluff, Alabama--Enjoy the view of the Tennessee River Valley from behind the Lodge On Gorham's Bluff, located in the state's northeast corner.
  • Pinnacle Overlook, Cumberland Gap National Historical Park, Kentucky--Feel like the king (or queen) of the hill when you picnic here with views of Kentucky, Virginia, and Tennessee.
  • Amicalola Falls State Park, Georgia--Add a little water to your adventure by dining alfresco at the top or bottom of one of the East's tallest waterfalls.
  • Shenandoah National Park, Virginia--A wealth of turnouts with spectacular valley vistas dot Skyline Drive, the 105-mile road that snakes across the peaks of the Blue Ridge Mountains. (Try Fishers Gap Overlook, mile 49.4.)
  • Washington Oaks Gardens State Park, Florida--Time your picnic here during low tide, and get a front-row seat on one of the many large rocks that adorn this shore.
  • White Rock Mountain or Hawksbill Crag, Arkansas--An easy hike to either destination in the Ozarks takes picnicking to new heights.
  • Mount Bonnell, Texas--Take the stone stairs to the heavenly panoramic view above Lake Austin, and find a place to eat in "high style."
  • Moses H. Cone Memorial Park, North Carolina--Near Blowing Rock on the Blue Ridge Parkway, pick a spot among the 25 miles of hiking trails.
  • Bald River Falls, Tennessee--Take a short hike to the top of this scenic area located near Tellico Plains.

This article is from the September 2005 issue of Southern Living.