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Yogi Bear approved, these spots across the Granite State are perfect for a picnic. You’ll be sure to enjoy all of the beautiful scenery while snacking on a packed meal. Just remember to carry in and carry out!

Rainbow Falls Plymouth VisitnhRainbow Falls, Plymouth

This 1.6-mile round-trip trail loop is the perfect place to enjoy a peaceful stroll through scenic woods. Open year-round, this hike is family-friendly and ideal for enjoying a scenic picnic lunch at the gorgeous Rainbow Falls. The falls are about halfway along the trail, and the trail is part of the Walter-Newton Conservation Area. Enjoy pausing at one of the trailside benches and watching the rushing water pour over a granite face while refueling with a packed snack or lunch.

White Lake State Park, Tamworth

If you’re looking to picnic following a fun day outdoors, make sure to check out White Lake State Park. Located in Tamworth, the park is set alongside the shores of White Lake, a glacial body of water in the heart of the Lakes Region. With a gorgeous lakeside picnic area, White Lake State Park is the perfect spot to enjoy a full day in the sun.

Tarbin Gardens Franklin

Tarbin Gardens, Franklin

Tarbin Gardens, Franklin

Make sure to mark your calendars for Tarbin Gardens’ opening day in June. This tranquil 5-acre English garden is the perfect spot for a picnic surrounded by lush, gorgeous greenery and beautiful flowers. Tarbin Gardens features gorgeous greenhouses, ponds and animals, and will leave you feeling refreshed and inspired. This escape into nature is perfect for a peaceful picnic outing, surrounded by breathtaking scenery.

More picnic picks perfect for families

Greeley Park, Nashua

The picnic area rings the north side of this luscious urban green space, with an ample number of tables and grills ready and waiting. Bonuses here include restroom facilities, room to set up volleyball or badminton nets, a playground for kids, a wooded walking loop, and the Greeley Park bandstand right across the street. Concerts, plays, and other events take place here all season long.

Four Tree Island, Portsmouth

Jutting out into the mouth of the Piscataqua River, Four Tree Island offers panoramic 360-degree views of the Kittery Shipyard and Portsmouth’s historic red brick skyline. The island’s picnic area, including covered tables, grill areas and restrooms, may be one of the Seacoast’s best-kept secrets, probably because you can’t directly access the island by car. To reach it, cross the bridge onto Peirce Island and take the first left into the parking lot. Park near the iron gate and take the footpath causeway to the island.

Ellacoya State Park, Gilford

For lakeside picnicking, it’s hard to beat the scenic splendor and convenience of Ellacoya State Park. Located on the southwest shore of Lake Winnipesaukee, picnic tables can be found along the park’s 600-foot long stretch of sandy beach, with fabulous views across the lake to the Sandwich and Ossipee mountains. Bring your own table top grill or get there early to grab a table near one of the park grills.

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