When it comes to picnickin’, no need to overdo it. All we need to complete a sunny summer’s picnic is a basket of freshly picked strawberries, homemade PB&J’s, and a Mason jar full of fresh Spring Salsa (although packing a fan and a jug of water in your basket isn’t at all a bad idea.) Whether carrying on the old Southern pastime with friends, family, or opting for a more romantic route, our full intent while picnicking is set on simplicity—and letting the scenery do all the talking.
Our friends over at Yelp have compiled a master list of the very best places in the South to get your picnic on, from national parks abundant with forestry to lakeside havens with ducks as fellow diners. Escape from big city noise pollution off the beaten path or find your haven among one of the South’s most hidden gems to set up camp and sit a spell. These national treasures offer an open invitation, so in true Southern style, invite the whole gang (and your cousins…and your cousins’ cousins…) to take part. Picnicking at any of these beautiful locations is the best way to experience summer in the South on a dime. And put in short? It’s just good for the soul.