Prime Picnic Spots

When the “all clear” signal finally comes, celebrate this wonderful summer weather with a memorable pop-up picnic in a scenic location. Here are five perfect places to spend a lazy Lowcountry afternoon.

Waterfront Park

You will find plenty of well-manicured grass to spread out your blanket behind the row of wooden swings overlooking the Beaufort River. This beautiful multi-acre park also provides great views of Beaufort Marina, the southwestern tip of Lady’s Island and the Woods Memorial swing bridge. It’s also pet friendly!

The Bluff

If you’re looking for something a little more secluded than Waterfront Park, this stretch of land along the western end of Bay Street is lined with live oak trees draped in Spanish moss. One side offers incredible views of the Beaufort River’s tidal marshes. Many of Beaufort’s most beautiful and historic homes are located on the other side of the street.

Fish Island

©Maddie Terry

This picnic area is located in the Sea Pines Forest Preserve, between Lake Joe and the Wildflower Field, which is beautiful this time of year. It features a covered pavilion available for rent, picnic tables, running water, grills and portable restrooms. The mysterious Sea Pines Shell Ring is a short walk away.

Church of the Cross

©Arno Dimmling

The bluff on the lawn of the famous Church of the Cross offers stunning views of the May River and nearby docks. If you’re looking for a remarkable picnic experience in Old Town, this iconic spot might be the answer to your prayers. It’s sure to put you in the right state of mind.

Cannon Park

While the official name of this spot is Stephen Elliott Park, locals call it Cannon Park, due to the two cannons there that came off a British ship which supported British campaigns in Georgia and South Carolina in 1779. It’s a great shaded spot at the foot of Woods Memorial Bridge with plenty of fresh-cut grass. There is usually a nice breeze off the Intracoastal Waterway.

Pop-up picnic checklist


  • Insulated basket, tote or backpack
  • Blanket with waterproof backing
  • Plates, cups, utensils, napkins
  • Corkscrew and bottle opener
  • Trash bags
  • Wet wipes
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellent

For added atmosphere

  • Bluetooth speaker
  • Candles and a lighter
  • Flowers
  • Pillows
  • Flask
  • Ukulele
  • Cutting board/serving tray
  • Frisbees, balls, bubbles, etc.

Pro tip

Cutting the cheese

If you’re feeling cheesy, be sure to pack firm cheese that cuts easily. Soft cheeses quickly turn gooey and gross in our June heat. Pack simple foods. Just say no to foods that require extra preparation upon arrival. Think chicken wraps, pasta salads or cheese and fruit spreads.

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