We try not to play favorites, but if we had to pick the best spot for a picnic, Horseshoe Bend is tops. Spread your blanket along the banks of the Toccoa or grab a spot at one of the myriad of tables in the park.
The kids will have a blast clamoring the new playground or splashing in the river. (Parents will appreciate the clean restrooms here.) Bring your poles to catch a fish, hike the trail along the water, or just enjoy the shade under the enormous trees.
For the ultimate summer picnic, bring the family for Pickin’ in the Park where you can enjoy live music from 6pm to dusk every Thursday in Summer. Admission is free.
This Forest Service recreation area charges $5 per vehicle, but the amenities are worth the Lincoln. Access to the picnic area at the beach includes the ability to sit at one of the tables or throw a blanket along the lakeside.
For a more remote spot, take the trail into the park where you’ll find additional picnic pavilions, benches and lake access.
When you’re finished with your lunch, the water is waiting. Launch your boat, swim at the beach, or paddle the lake. You can rent kayaks and SUP boards from the The Point located on the beach or launch your own.
If you're looking for a quiet escape then head below the Lake Blue Ridge dam. The park provides welcoming picnic tables and a small playground with restrooms. Bring your baseball and glove or just a soccer ball, they have a field and nets set up for that too.
They have a kayak launch area here, see our map guide for locations to paddle to.
You’ll love relaxing on the dock that overlooks the water, and on a good day you might even catch your dinner. There is a handicap fishing area, as well.