NC Posted in North Carolina March 28, 2016 by Catherine Rees The 14 Best Places in North Carolina to Go on an Unforgettable Picnic As the weather warms up, why would you want to eat inside? It’s time to take your lunch outdoors. Here are 14 of the best places in North Carolina to enjoy your picnic – and the scenery. 1. Mt. Mitchell Nathan Gilliatt/flickr Enjoy your lunch with this incredible view from the highest summit on the east coast. You’ll find 40 picnic tables and two picnic shelters at the picnic area, which is open year round. Bring a jacket; it’s chilly up there! 2. Emerald Isle Carol Smith/flickr The ultimate in beach picnics. 3. Airport Overlook John Wenzelburger/flickr Watch the planes take off and land from the picnic area at Overlook Park. 4. Biltmore Estate Tim/flickr You can spread your blanket out for a picnic pretty much anywhere (except Walled Garden). Order a picnic basket full of goodies at the Bake Shop. 5. Cape Fear Botanical Garden Jerry Dincher/flickr Just two miles from Fayetteville, Cape Fear Botanical Gardens boasts more than 2,000 species of plants, and a nice picnic area. 6. Lake Crabtree County Park -ted/flickr Enjoy 215 acres next to Lake Crabtree; plenty of perfect places to spread your blanket. 7. Craggy Pinnacle Frank DiBona/flickr Enjoy the gardens, then hike to the pinnacle for lunch. 8. Duke Gardens Connie Ma/flickr Enjoy your lunch at the Sarah P. Duke Gardens at Duke University. 9. Elk Falls M Fletcher/flickr This 50-foot high waterfall in the Pisgah National Forest is the perfect spot for swimming, sunbathing and picnicking. 10. Hammocks Beach State Park Geeklythings/flickr If you’re looking for a more solitary picnic, head to Hammocks Beach State Park. You can only access it by boat or ferry. 11. Eno River State Park Jeff Myers/flickr You’ll find plenty of great picnic spots in this 3,900 acre sanctuary. 12. Freedom Park Mike Liu/flickr Quite possibly the best park in Charlotte. Plenty of trees and pretty scenery. 13. Morrow Mountain State Park Brian Hathcock/flickr This beautiful park has two picnic grounds; one by the pool and one at the top of Morrow Mountain. 14. Great Smoky Mountains National Park J. Stephen Conn/flickr Pack your cooler and head to Great Smoky Mountains National Park, where you’ll find dozens of picnic spots. This one is near Cades Cove. What’s your favorite picnic spot?