Comfortable blanket, check. Delicious food in a wicker basket, check. Your family enjoying the great outdoors, check!

If it’s been years since your last true picnic, what are you waiting for? Picnics are rejuvenating outdoor dining experiences that provide similar feelings as a hike or camping trip, while just minutes from your home. 

Taking a picnic to a park is also a wonderful way to get outdoors while maintaining social distancing. Watch the sun rise, set or just enjoy the beauty of nature around you.

Below are 7 ideas of parks to visit for a beautiful day outdoors with your family:

Gallatin - Lock 4 Park

Lock 4 Park in Gallatin is a great place to picnic while enjoying waterfront views of Old Hickory Lake along with open spaces and shady trees to sit under while picnicking. There are also wooded trails throughout the park that are popular for mountain biking.

 

Hendersonville - Rockland Recreation Area

Rockland Recreation Area is right on Old Hickory Lake with a paved trail along the shoreline. The park also has an abundance of open spaces and a large shaded area with lots picnic tables.

 

Portland - Richland Park

Richland Park offers a lot of open areas for picnics and it includes a nice paved walking trail. At the park, picnickers can stop by Cold Springs School (interior is closed) to read the information marker about the historic building!

 

Goodlettsville - Moss-Wright Park

Moss-Wright Park is the largest park in Goodlettsville and it has a lovely historic house, the Bowen House (which can be toured), offering unique picnic views along with open areas next to Mansker’s Creek and a gorgeous, paved walking trail!

 

Westmoreland - Mayor Ricky Woodard Community Park

Mayor Ricky Woodward Community Park is a lovely open space for a picnic and a great place for little ones to run off excess energy!

 

White House - W. L. Anderson Sports Complex

At W. L. Anderson Sports Complex, bring a picnic and a soccer ball for an active outing! The park has 5 soccer fields that can be used for a picnic, running, or kicking a soccer ball around!