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Picnic Perfect Destinations

June 11, 2020
Stories, Outdoors, Food, Craft Beverage

Heading to the Shenandoah Valley and the Blue Ridge Mountains for a summertime hike? We’ve got you covered in Waynesboro; no need to pack a bunch of supplies. We’ve done all the hard work so you can just grab your friends, the kids, even the dog, and hit the road.


Waynesboro offers easy access to the scenic Blue Ridge Parkway, Shenandoah National Park, and the Appalachian Trail. The cold, fresh water of the South River cuts right through Waynesboro, providing a four-mile Water Trail for visitors to paddle, fish, and float. Waynesboro’s South River Greenway runs just over a mile along the South River and provides a perfect place for a summer picnic. The greenway links Constitution Park and Rife Park, and is great for walking, biking, and jogging.



What to Eat: call ahead to place your grab-n-go order


Whether you’re preparing for a grueling sunrise hike or a casual sunset stroll, you’ll find enticing picnic options for any meal in Waynesboro.



The French Press opens at 7 a.m. for coffee to go, and is a great place to source breakfast or brunch picnic items, including fresh sandwiches, bagels and baked goods.


The Fishin’ Pig offers online ordering and curbside pickup for an easy grab-and-go right as they open the doors at 4 p.m. Pulled pork, racks of ribs, juicy burgers, fried catfish, and classic southern sides work together to give you a cook-out style picnic.


Made-to-order deli sandwiches and a bag of chips will send you on your way from Mister Jamison’s to a relaxing, easy picnic. Mister Jamison’s is known for their wide selection of craft beer and wine, if you fancy an adult beverage for later.


E&J’s Deli Pub is the place to acquire a light, snackable picnic. A veggie tray or chef salad ensure you aren’t weighted down prior to a hike, though E&J’s also offers a delicious chicken salad sandwich, tacos, and burgers to pack a protein punch. Curbside pick-up makes it easy to grab your food and head off on your adventure.


An easy way to feed a family who loves Mexican food is to score a family pack from Plaza Azteca. They’ll get you going with a kit to assemble tacos, fajitas, or chimichangas to feed four to six people.


For a farm fresh experience, call ahead to Stable Craft Brewing to get a loaded burger or pulled pork, along with a wide selection of fresh-brewed beverages.


Got a designated driver? Located just a couple of miles from the entrance to Skyline Drive and the Blue Ridge Parkway is Basic City Beer Company, and they provide online ordering and curbside pick-up for crowd-pleasing favorites like six-packs of Our Daily Pils and Bask.


Where to Go: best bets for picnics


An outdoor picnic is the perfect way to spend quality time with friends and family while boosting your physical, emotional, and mental health. And there’s no need to wait for the weekends; midweek excursions are typically less crowded.



For a romantic spread for two with a stunning backdrop, we suggest packing up a picnic and heading to Barren Ridge Vineyards.


If you’re looking to picnic by the scenic South River, you’re in luck! Waynesboro offers five city parks with riverside picnic areas that also fall along the Waynesboro Water Trail: Basic, North, Constitution, Rife, and Ridgeview Parks. Relax in the abundant greenspace and bask in the sun. For a more active picnic, bring your fishing poles or kayaks to any of these parks.


Embrace a rural park setting at Coyner Springs Park. Stretching 145 acres, it’s home to plenty of wildlife and features nature trails, a leash-free dog park, and ample room to toss a football or fling a frisbee.


Sunset picnics are a perfect ending to any summer day, and the views from the Blue Ridge Mountains and Waynesboro across the Shenandoah Valley to the west are breathtaking.

Whenever you go, we know you’ll love time outdoors in Waynesboro. Enjoy your picnic and share your view with us via social media. You can find us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter as @VisitWaynesboro.