Summer is upon us. Hot dry days are here, the perfect time to enjoy a picnic with your family, date, or group. From small and intimate to large groups, there are perfect places in the Great Smoky Mountain area for you to getaway for the day. Smokymtngetaways.com would like to help you have the perfect picnic for you in our area.
First of all planning is essential to a successful picnic. What do you need to bring? A cooler with lots of ice is a must, tablecloths or blankets, chairs, games, a camera, first aid kit, your food, drinks, plates, cups, plastic-ware, a knife, trash bags and some kind of cleaning wipes are all needed. When listed this may seem a lot, but your picnic will be much more enjoyable if you don’t have to worry about any of these items once you arrive at your destination. What time of day will your picnic be? Breakfast, lunch, or dinner are all great times to go for a picnic. Will I be near water? Bringing swimwear and supplies will make your picnic more enjoyable on a hot day. Where will we picnic? Many great spots throughout Sevierville, Pigeon Forge, and Gatlinburg are available for picnics.
Secondly, food is an important factor in your picnic. One of the main reasons you will be there is to eat. If you are staying in the area there are several options for you. Some of the local hotels have restaurants that will help you get together a picnic. The Old Mill Pottery House Café has great picnic items available. Of course other local restaurants have delicious food to be purchased also. Local grocery stores have delis in them to help you with picnic essentials.
Thirdly, location is an important factor also. Sevierville has five locations for picnics; Sevierville City Park, J.B. Waters Park, McMahan Addition Park , next to LeConte Medical Center and at the Municipal Complex. Pigeon Forge has Patriot Park to offer picnics and a greenway for you to enjoy. Gatlinburg has three different parks; Herbert Holt Park, Mynatt Park, and Mills Park. The Great Smoky Mountains has eleven different picnic areas; Big Creek, Chimneys, Cades Cove, Collins Creek, Cosby, Deep Creek, Greenbrier, Heintooga, Look Rock, Metcalf Bottoms and Twin Creeks. Cades Cove, Deep Creek, Greenbrier, and Metcalf Bottoms remain open year round.
Fourth, there are certain responsibilities that come with picnicking. Your food should be kept wrapped or in airtight containers to keep bugs down and to keep wildlife from coming up to you. Wildlife is not to be fed human food at any time, this is for your protection and theirs. Clean up is a must, all trash should be put in receptacles provided. We want for everyone to be able to enjoy the picnic sites and clean-up helps in the process. Wildlife should be respected and kept at a distance at all times.
Last but not least, enjoy yourself. We live in a time where we are so busy. Take time to breathe deep, enjoy the people you are with, relish your food, and admire the beauty around you. With so many different places to choose from you can have a variety of experiences on your picnic.