Waynesboro Picnic Picks

July 28, 2022
Stories, Outdoors, Food

Want to spend a late summer afternoon enjoying Waynesboro’s fresh air and good food? Whether you enjoy laying an elaborate spread on a picnic table with a view, hiking a few miles before feasting on squashed sammies, or even just unboxing a pizza on a blanket in the park, here’s our guide to picnic spots and picnic supplies in the Waynesboro area. Pack the picnic basket, the frisbee, and your favorite friends and family.


Where to picnic

Waynesboro City Parks offer lots of variety in picnic spots. From a table near the pool at Ridgeview Park to a pavilion overlooking the river at Constitution Park to the privacy of the pavilion at Basic Park, we’ve got you covered. There’s even space to spread your blanket with your pooch at Coyner Springs. 

The Skyline Drive winding through Shenandoah National Park has endless places to picnic. With over 70 scenic overlooks, you could pack a picnic every day this summer and never see the same view twice! Additionally, many overlooks also have trailheads, so you can go hiking before or after your meal.


Barren Ridge Vineyards has plenty of room on the patio or lawn to set up a picnic or a charcuterie spread. Enjoy a glass of red white, or a flight and pair it with some fresh bread, delicious Amish cheese, your favorite salami, and savory spreads. The Vineyard often hosts musicians, and you can’t beat the incredible views extending over the grapevines toward the mountains.


Pack a big picnic and spend a day at Sherando Lake. You’ll enjoy wading or swimming in the sand-bottomed water, hiking the trail around the lake, and spreading out your picnic, either in the pavilion, at a table in the shade, on the grassy lawn, or on the beach itself.


Where to get your supplies

Picnic in style with Simply Soiree At, a local woman-owned business that packs a picnic that’s both delicious and beautiful. They’re your answer for luxury picnics for all occasions. You might also consider honing your own charcuterie skills at one of their charcuterie board workshops.


Staying at the Iris Inn? We know you won’t really want to leave your room, but you might be tempted out for a picnic package, like the Sip and Slip on Your Boots, which promises to prepare you for a hike in Shenandoah National Park with guides to short hikes and hikes to waterfalls. You’ll also get a bottle of Virginia wine and a gourmet picnic for two.

If your idea of heaven is taking a big pizza to the park, Benny’s is the place for you. Benny’s is open seven days a week and you can order online for carryout. Grab your 28” pizza by the slice or the pie along with drinks and dipping sauces. Look for monthly specials, like the El Bambino, which pairs jalapenos with smoked cheddar. Yum.


The Barn serves fresh burgers, hoagies, gyros, barbeque, fried chicken, and delicious sides. We recommend the 3-piece “famous fried chicken” meals that come with your choice of white or dark meat, two sides, and a drink. You can also get the chicken as a family meal.

Infuse your picnic with flavors from the Big Easy when you get takeout from the Gumbo Hut. Try the bayou bourbon burger or the seafood gumbo with a side of Cajun-seasoned “smack and cheese.” Wash it down with sparkling maple water or sweet tea.

And if you’re the type of person who enjoys sampling a little of everything, why not picnic on a selection of appetizers from Heritage on Main? We like the trio dips and warm pita that feature tzatziki, hummus & basil pesto. Another good bet is the Greek nachos that pile lamb gyro meat over corn chips with tzatziki, olives, and feta. 


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