Best Places to Picnic Around Charlottesville

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The days are getting longer, and the weather is getting warmer! As the colder weather exits and sunny days roll in, people begin to spend as much time outside as possible. One of the best ways to enjoy the outdoors is by picnicking! Luckily, April 23rd is National Picnic Day! So pack your picnic or grab some takeout from your favorite restaurant and enjoy your meal outside. Check out some of the best places to picnic around Charlottesville.

Forest Hills Park

Forest Hills Park is located about 15 minutes from Arden Place. This 7.35-acre park is full of towering oak trees and a view of Carter’s Mountain, making it the perfect place to picnic. While you’re there, walk through the trails and take in the views! Bring a blanket to sit on or enjoy your meal in one of their picnic shelters. After lunch, kids will enjoy playing on the playground or the basketball court!

Riverview Park

Riverview Park is comprised of 26.6 acres, bordering the Rivanna River. The large field makes this the perfect place for families and friends to gather for a picnic! While you’re there, hike the Rivanna River Trail, which starts at Riverview Park! In addition to trails and a field, you’ll find a playground for the kids to enjoy. Kick back and relax with a delicious meal and breathtaking river views.

Castle Hill Cider

At Castle Hill Cider, revel in alluring views with a glass of fresh cider and a picnic! They have a patio with outdoor seating, or guests can bring their own chairs or blankets to relax on. With various outdoor seating areas to choose from, Castle Hill Cider offers a picnic experience like no other. The 600-acre estate offers plenty of space, making it perfect for kids and dogs. Additionally, you can get a flight, a bottle, or a glass of cider while you picnic!

The Lawn at the University of Virginia

The Lawn at the University of Virginia is surrounded by the beautiful architecture of the college, most notably, the Rotunda. This is the perfect place to appreciate the school’s history and beauty and is a favorite among UVA students! Bring a blanket, pack your picnic, and prepare to relax while enjoying the breathtaking surroundings.

Whether you’re looking for somewhere to kick back with a cold drink or want to enjoy some river views, there are plenty of places to picnic around Charlottesville. Pack your favorite lunch or grab a bunch of snacks to share, invite your friends, and enjoy a picnic on National Picnic Day!

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