The beautiful Fall weather and gorgeous Fall foliage has me craving the outdoors! The crisp clean air is so refreshing. What better way to indulge in nature’s yearly ritual than to enjoy lunch at one of the Smoky Mountain Picnic Areas! There are plenty of places to choose from and you may just start a new tradition! So pack that picnic basket, we are headed to the mountains!
Metcalf Bottoms Smoky Mountain Picnic Area
Metcalf Bottoms is one of my favorite Smoky Mountain Picnic Areas to picnic! This is a frequent outing for our family. We usually enjoy homemade sandwiches, or we bring charcoal, hamburgers and hotdogs and use the charcoal grill. The beautiful quaint location is extremely popular for both locals and tourists. There are a variety of picnic tables with grills, some close to the water and some not. These are first come first serve. They also offer a covered picnic area that you can reserve in advance. Metcalf Bottoms is a nice place to stop on the way to Cades Cove if you travel through Wears Valley. They have public restrooms, walking trails, and 122 picnic sites to choose from!
Cades Cove Smoky Mountain Picnic Area
The picnic area at Cades Cove is also first come first serve (81 of them to be exact). There are charcoal grills for you to use if you choose to do so. A Cades Cove outing makes for a great day trip. Pack the basket, bring your favorite book, chair, or tree hammock and head to Cades Cove! After lunch you can then take a drive through the 11 mile loop, hike one of the many trails, or go horseback riding! A true outdoor family adventure.
I love how open and free Patriot Park is! There is a large flat grassy area surrounded by a walking trail. Part of the walking trail goes alongside the Pigeon Forge River where you can see and feed ducks. There is a covered pavilion with picnic tables, or you can bring a blanket to lay down in the grass. There is plenty of room to kick a ball around or play a game of flag football. Patriot Park is located across from Old Mill Square where you can do some shopping and enjoy an ice cream for dessert!
Wear Farm Park
This cute little park is newer to our area. This became my boys favorite place to play. Two covered picnic areas that are open to the public, but can also be reserved for parties or special occasions. Wear Farm Park features two playgrounds, basketball courts and ball fields in the back used for tournaments and local leagues. This park is made all complete with a walking trail. It is located right in the heart of Pigeon Forge off of Wears Valley Road.
This is one of my favorite trails! The atmosphere and location of the Riverwalk Greenway is perfect. It runs about 1.5 miles and has benches along the way so you can enjoy the scenery or stop for a snack! My family and I walked this trail after an event at the LeConte Center and then spent time at The Island. This trail should definitely be put on the bucket list, whether you have a picnic or not.
These Smoky Mountain Picnic Areas are not all of the picnic areas to choose from, but they are some of my favorites. Family time is the best time and why not spend it in the mountains devouring delicious food with the ones you love! Which Smoky Mountain Picnic Area will you choose to visit on your next Pigeon Forge vacation? We hope to see you soon!