January 4

7 Best Picnic Spots Near Roanoke Va

With carryout on the rise so too will picnicking.

My prediction for Roanoke is that picnicking will be trending in 2021. And yes I spelled picnicking right, I know because I googled it.

Finding an exotic carryout destination, even if your food isn't exotic, is about timing, location and food freshness.

Having said all that, here's the top four fanciest places in Roanoke to eat your carryout sushi.

Roanoke Hikes Easy Carvins Cove Yoanoke

1. Carvins Cove Natural Reserve

 Quiet    Lake    Nature       

11,200

Acreage

3

Trailheads

1

Food & Drink Options

6+

Primary Activities

Carvin's Cove Natural Reserve is the fifth largest city-park in the United States according to Carvin's Cove Wikipedia making this quite possibly one of the biggest places to picnic in this area.

Chestnut Trail scaled

2. Chestnut Ridge Trail

 Quiet    Nature Trail    Roanoke Mountain Campground       

5.4

Trail Miles

1

Trailhead

0

Food & Drink Options

3+

Primary Activities

Chestnut Ridge Trail has a lovely trailhead off Mill Mountain Parkway you can enjoy a picnic near the entrance or be sure to check out the amenities at Roanoke Mountain Campground which the trail circles around. 

Explorer Park Campsites scaled

3. Explore Park

 River   Nature Trails    Outdoor Activities       

1,100

Acreage

4+

Trailheads

1

Food & Drink Options

6+

Primary Activities

Yoanoke Things To Do Salem Green Park

4. Green Hill Park

 Medium Difficulty    Panoramic Views    Appalachian Trail       

480

Acreage

1

Trailhead

0

Food & Drink Options

6+

Primary Activities

Green Hill Park is just up the Roanoke River about 20 minutes north of the Roanoke River Greenway. This is a great park for not only picnics but river floating, fishing, biking and more.

Mill Mountain Star Close scaled

5. Mill Mountain Star

 Mill Mountain Zoo    Panoramic Views    Overlooking Roanoke       

568

Acreage

1

Trailhead

0

Food & Drink Options

6+

Primary Activities

Mill Mountain Star is the best place to get a view of Roanoke without a hike. The park has a children's play area, gazebo, picnic benches and even a zoo.

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6. Roanoke River Greenway

 Medium Difficulty   Panoramic Views    Overlooking Roanoke       

12,000

Acreage

7

Trailheads

10+

Food & Drink Options

6+

Primary Activities

Roanoke River Greenway has plenty of attractions and plenty of places to sit down for a bite. At 13.5 pave miles long from, finding a perfect spot with the right amount of scenery and noise level is acheivable.

Roaring Run Falls scaled

7. Roaring Run Hoop Hole Trail

 Easy    Waterfalls    Picnic       

1.5

Distance

1

Trailhead

0

Food & Drink Options

6+

Primary Activities


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