A picnic is a perfect way to get some fresh air and relax with friends and family. Pack your blankets, your basket, and your best lunch and pick a spot on this list:

 

1. Fountain Park

Located in downtown Rock Hill, Fountain Park offers a vast greenspace and a view of a gorgeous fountain for your afternoon picnic! If you stay into the evening, the park is even prettier at sunset.

Fountain Park
 

 

2. Kings Mountain National Military Park

Check out Kings Mountain National Military Park, or Kings Mountain State Park right down the road, for a bit of history with your picnic! Or get in some exercise as you hike one of the trails, and then reward yourself with some yummy food.

kings mountain
Photo by Susan Dosier

 

3. Harris Street Park

Head to Fort Mill to enjoy a picnic at Harris Street Park, where the only thing you need to bring is the food! This park provides a cute gazebo with a picnic table, so you don't have to sit on the ground! There are even grills available so that any cooked foods planned for your meal are fresh!

harris street park
Photo by Thomas Fetters

 

4. Glencairn Garden

This 11-acre park is one of the most popular in Rock Hill for a reason- because it's so beautiful! With tiered fountains, ponds, footbridges, and dozens of types of flowers in bloom, this picnic spot provides brunch with a view! Pick one of their large grassy spots in the shade to keep cool.

glencairn garden

 

5. New Centre Park 

Clover's newest and largest park provides a range of activities to keep you entertained before or after a picnic at one of their picnic shelters! Play a game of disc golf or cool off with their splash pad to work up an appetite!

 

new centre park

6. Spencer Park

Who said picnics were just for humans? Bring a treat for your four-legged friend, too, when you picnic at Spencer Park in Rock Hill! With the addition of their off-leash dog park, everyone will get a chance to relax at this park.

Spencer Park Dog Park
Photo by Mark Sexton


 

7. Anne Springs Close Greenway

With 2,300 acres of land available, there are so many places to set up for a picnic at the Greenway. Hit the canteen for fresh sandwiches, salads, and more or bring your own food- either way, you'll enjoy the sunshine and relaxation here.

ASC Greenway Bridge

 

8. Riverwalk

The Rock Hill Riverwalk provides scenic views of the Catawba River for the perfect place to have a picnic! Sit down on one of the wood plank benches along the paved trail, or check out their new amphitheater!

riverwalk amphitheatre

 

9. Walter Elisha Park

If you've ever attended Fort Mill's annual Strawberry Festival, then you know how great Walter Elisha Park is! This park features a playground for the kiddos, a short walking trail, and a large green space with plenty of room to spread out.

walter elisha park
Photo by Fort Mill Now
 

10. Buster Boyd Access Area

Enjoy your picnic right on the water at the Buster Boyd Access area! It may not be a picnic on the beach, but a picnic on Lake Wylie is just as relaxing. You can even pick up lunch for your picnic from nearby restaurants like Papa Doc's or grab a sweet treat from Bagel Boat for an after-picnic dessert!

Buster Boyd
Photo by SC Great Outdoors

 

11. City Park

City Park is perfect for picnicking right in the heart of downtown York. The park includes a splash pad, playgrounds, picnic shelters, a pedestrian loop trail, an outdoor stage, and a centrally located greenspace. 

York Splash pad

Photo by Jessica Turner