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Favorite picnic spot

A table loaded with treats from Metro Fresh at Piedmont Park. Photo: Phil Skinner pskinner@ajc.com; styling by Lisa Hanson

A table loaded with treats from MetroFresh at Piedmont Park. Photo: Phil Skinner pskinner@ajc.com; styling by Lisa Hanson

YOUR PICKS
1. Piedmont Park
You say, “Piedmont Park is a great place for a picnic! You can do the traditional pack a basket and schlep everything … or you can pack a blanket, (then) pop in to one of the many nearby stores or restaurants!”

2. Amicalola Falls
3. Stone Mountain Park (tie)
3. Oakland Cemetery(tie)
5. Kennesaw Mountain

A tasty spread ready for a picnic on the historic grounds of Oakland Cemetery. Styling by C.W. Cameron, Pat Penn and John Wolfinger Phil Skinner/ AJC, pskinner@ajc.com

A tasty spread ready for a picnic on the historic grounds of Oakland Cemetery. Styling by C.W. Cameron, Pat Penn and John Wolfinger Phil Skinner/ AJC, pskinner@ajc.com

OUR PICKS
1. Oakland Cemetery
We say, “You might not think of a cemetery as a place for a picnic, but this historic location is a peaceful oasis in the midst of the city. It’s both an educational outing and a scenic one, with one of the best city views in town.”

2. Lullwater Park
3. Kennesaw Mountain
4. Panola Mountain State Park
5. Piedmont Park

75 comments Add your comment

Knock

July 11th, 2011
2:31 pm

Panola Mountain

$man

July 11th, 2011
3:04 pm

Chattahoochee River

picanic basket

July 11th, 2011
3:17 pm

Dunwoody Dude

July 11th, 2011
3:25 pm

In the shade of Stone Mountain

Mary B

July 11th, 2011
3:29 pm

Lullwater Park, so nice and easy to find a private spot

PJ

July 11th, 2011
5:36 pm

By the waterfall at the park behind the Roswell Mill

Steve

July 11th, 2011
6:09 pm

I suspect “Bamster” has never been to Piedmont Park, or inside 285 for that matter.

JAKE

July 11th, 2011
6:17 pm

“ Hit the mtns and make it a day trip go up us 411 thru Chatsworth and go up the mtn at Eton or go a few more miles and go up at Crandel or go a few more miles and go up at Cisco all these go up on grassy mtn or the Cisco route if you follow the signs you can go to jacks river. All these rds eventially turn to dirt but are very passable this time of year. BEAUTIFUL AND ONLY 80 MILES NORTH OF HOTLANTA.

Faye

July 11th, 2011
6:38 pm

Kennesaw Mountain!

anATLminority

July 11th, 2011
7:24 pm

Steve I believe Bamster’s perception of Atlanta is on point and there’s a reason most of don’t visit inside the perimeter. Do you watch the news on a daily basis? Bamster’s a realist. Barnsley Gardens is my choice. Will cost you a few beans in fuel to get there Steve.

SAWB

July 12th, 2011
1:13 am

We love to go down by the old grist mill at Stone Mountain Park. You can bring your 9mm if you want, but you won’t really need it.

CC

July 12th, 2011
6:44 am

Steve- I think you are correct. I run in Piedmont Park every evening and feel completely safe.

AnATLminority- The news is filled with violence and crime from every inch of the world… just look at this morning- Hall county…. but I guess you will never go there again either. The only way to lower crime is reclaim the area. This is not done by running and hiding in fear.

Perfect picnic – grilled veggies, fried chicken, and of course sweet tea all packed up and ready for screen on the green with my better half

joe

July 12th, 2011
6:53 am

Hey, CC.— I personally know the people in Hall county. it was a domestic arguement. We are all in shock, about this, pray for the family, dont prey on the family…

Ayana

July 12th, 2011
7:17 am

Taking a basket to Centennial Park is awesome…especially when the kids are playing in the fountains. They are exhausted afterwards.

Velvet Elvis

July 12th, 2011
7:54 am

I’m liking Fowler Park off Hwy9 in Forsyth County. It’s new,lots of space, dog friendly and the grooviest skate board park for great entertainment. Those skaters are clearly great atheletes and fun to watch. Also the EMT truck is nearby in case of possible injuries or if need medical attention.

Marietta Mary

July 12th, 2011
8:38 am

Oakand Cemetery, hands down. Sweet tea, finger sandwiches, cheese straws, fruit, cookies. Then take a walk.

Marietta Mary

July 12th, 2011
8:38 am

Oakland, sorry.

snoopy

July 12th, 2011
8:44 am

The rock in the parking lot on the carving side & Lake Lanier.. Either place is very nice.. Amicolola Falls is very nice too. The falling water & tree cover subtracts 5 – 10 degrees of heat in the summer.

snoopy

July 12th, 2011
8:45 am

The rock in the parking lot on the carving side = Stone Mountain

reader

July 12th, 2011
8:46 am

Way to go Bamster!! It is safe to say that it’s a great idea to carry your 9mm anywhere in AND close to downtown ATL. In some areas (East Pt, College Park, GA Dome area, Vine City, Turner Field,) you need a shotgun.

reader

July 12th, 2011
8:49 am

@ Steve, & CC. You guys will change your mind once you get robbed. Obviously, this is yet to come. Looks like you live on another planet, not in ATL.

sharon

July 12th, 2011
9:08 am

I guess it must be really hard for some to stay on the topic. Piedmont Park, Helen, Pine Mountain and Zoo Atlanta are some of my favorites for a picnic.

Katz P. Ajamas

July 12th, 2011
9:24 am

Carter center. Red top Mountain. Clayton Jr College by the lake. I used to like AWW but the damn terrorists won and they put a fence around it.

Sister Sledge

July 12th, 2011
9:33 am

The lake in Avondale Estates.

Maureen

July 12th, 2011
9:54 am

Carter’s Lake off I-575 before Jasper has covered picnic tables and grills. The breeze off the clear, blue water is wonderful.

Nancy

July 12th, 2011
10:16 am

Beside the Etowah River just below the dam in Cartersville.

Brenda

July 12th, 2011
10:17 am

Best place for a picnic is Tallulah Falls in north Georgia. It’s a wonderful scenic drive and awesome views when you get there. A real treat awaits you.

grow up

July 12th, 2011
10:18 am

Off topic . . .for those who watch the news and then past judgement on 100 miles of city, thanks for no longer coming inside 285. Please stay out in your Brady Bunch suburb with your meth labs, peroxide, and domestic violence. We urbanites who live in town understand that the media doesn’t show good stories because good stories are not news. However we also know that for every bad news story there are 10 great ones and we take full advantage of our city instead of cowarding in a closet with a shotgun. We know how to be safe, take advantage of the parks, restaurants, bars, entertainment, cooking/pottery classes, bike clubs and boot camps, dog parks and festivals available in Atlanta because we have the mature understanding that life does not revolve around what the TV said. The news is ONE reality. If you take off your sheets, you’ll actually learn about the REST if the world outside of your trailer park.

Bornin ATL

July 12th, 2011
10:34 am

Grow up- Well said!

sharon

July 12th, 2011
10:42 am

Well said “grow up”.

liveinfear

July 12th, 2011
10:44 am

for those who live in fear even a picnic inside of Fort Knox wouldnt be safe enough for you….Stop patting yourselves on the back for buying 5 guns that are more likely to be used to harm your spouse, children, or yourselves instead of this “thug” element you fantasize about.

Thanks for the tips everyone…im planning a picnic based on your feedback.

Edward

July 12th, 2011
10:56 am

Too bad the whiny, paranoid OTP people have to whine their political drivel on every forum. I second the nomination of Oakland Cemetary, it is a wonderful venue for a picnic. There are also many small parks around the city, several in the midtown area (Ansley, McClatchey, etc.). These little gems are wonderful retreats.

southern hope

July 12th, 2011
11:03 am

Piedmont Park!
(and I’m a white middle-aged woman who is in Piedmont Park day & night…have never had any issues…over multiple years…and the park is full of great folks…not sure where you guys picked up your misconceptions.)

KK

July 12th, 2011
11:04 am

Oakland Cemetary is a beautiful place for a picnic!

liveinfear

July 12th, 2011
11:08 am

For those who mentioned Oakland Cemetary….is there a part where bodies arent buried to picnic? Seems theoretically creepy, but i heard the views are fantastic

Steve D

July 12th, 2011
11:26 am

grow up – Very well put.
Bamster – Yeah, stay where you are; daytime ATL already has enough white trash to fill every dumpster between here and Delaware.

g

July 12th, 2011
11:30 am

I have a great back yard…….I load up the SUV and drive around to the back of the house…..too far to walk..lol……the corp parks on lake lanier…..have a great picnic then camp for the eve or maybe 2……Grew up in Stone Mtn and still a great place to visit even with the Dollywood upgrades….lots of shady places…..and don’t start in about the shady people in the shady places…..folks of all shades welcome….dang I’m funny sometimes………

Really?

July 12th, 2011
11:47 am

When is the AJC going to crack down on these people “commenting” on these questions/articles. It’s obvious there are losers sitting around all day just chomping at the bit waiting for these questions so they can find new and creative ways to offend and insult others. Please if you don’t care to come inside of the Perimeter stay far far away. Some people actually prefer to mingle with intelligent and open-minded people–so if you don’t fit into this catagory do the rest of us a favor and keep hiding under your rock

JoeV

July 12th, 2011
11:57 am

@grow up

If you ever stepped outside the perimeter, you would know we enjoy and take advantage of the very same things here. Its not the sticks anymore…it might amaze you to see all there is to do around here. I come down and patronize Atlanta a lot though, so thank me for the revenue please.

I find it funny that you past (sic) judgement on the suburbs in the same breath that you complained about people passing judgement on the city dwellers.

dagnabit

July 12th, 2011
12:01 pm

Grow up. You grow up.

Laura

July 12th, 2011
12:01 pm

Anywhere on the back side of Stone Mountain Park (the side opposite the carving) because we leave the front alone for the tourists. Alexander Lake. Avondale Lake. Really…anywhere without a television works nicely.

Tom

July 12th, 2011
12:10 pm

too many to list; depends on what kind of picnic, time of year, day, and atmosphere.

Rainy day picnics: on the living room floor, screened in porch, picnic shelter, in a tent anywhere
Romantic: roof tops, balconies, porches, decks, by any water-creeks, ponds, river, lake, beach anywhere you can utilize candlelight or fire light etc….endless possibilities
Family: any state or local park some tried and true for us: Stone Mountain-so many nooks and crannies and out in the open places, Amicolola-especially fall, Tallulah Gorge area, Red Top Mountain—so many places, East Cobb Park, Roswell Park, Roswell Mill, Chattahoochee River, Lake Allatoona, Lake Hartwell, Lake Ocoee, War Woman Dell in Rabun….several places around Rabun plus horse backriding and other things to do as is near Amicolola, driving the backroads there are frequently little historical markers here and there and we stop to read and see what it is and many times are rewarded with a view and perfect spot to eat, etc etc.

There are places that were really good but it was just a spot we picked and picnicked and can’t say where exactly but most in places named above.

I LOVE this idea to share places!

Michelle

July 12th, 2011
12:13 pm

Piedmont Park is a great place to have a picnic. I moved from the suburbs to the city of Atlanta 3 years ago and absolutely LOVE it!! I live, work and play all within walking distance of my home and life is super fantastic!!!

Didi

July 12th, 2011
12:13 pm

@ Grow up: Bravo!!!! Well said! I get so sick of folks bashing our city! Guess what? Crime is everywhere!!! You are NOT protected because you live in a gated community OTP. What you are really doing is spewing you, hardly disguised racism on this board. We see you for what you REALLY are — and we hear what you are REALLY saying.

emma

July 12th, 2011
12:14 pm

i was attacked randomly – not mugged, just verbally threatened and grabbed being told that i would be raped – in lawrenceville once. by a non minority, i might add, because i know some of you would speculate. so i don’t think i’ll ever go picnicking there again.

Midtowngirl

July 12th, 2011
12:21 pm

Thanks @growup! I walk to Piedmont Park everyday and sometimes carry a picnic, but my favorite picnic spot intown is Oakland Cemetery. So lovely and peaceful. There are many other wonderful, small parks around, but I will not mention them for fear that the likes of @Bamster will invade them as so many OTPers overrun our parks every weekend since they have not saved any land for public parks in their suburban quest for “getting more for their money” and low taxes…. OTP practices of not investing in the community results in these people coming into the city in droves to enjoy what we pay for – and bring their un-sterilized, viscous dogs to poop all over our dogpark! Bunch of crybabies.

notaracist

July 12th, 2011
12:59 pm

@bamster. Was it your intention to use poor grammar? Furthermore, for all who criticize Atlanta. Indeed crime happens everywhere. We all have to be aware of our surrondings.

notaracist

July 12th, 2011
1:03 pm

@joe I am would like to believe that CC is not attacking the family personally, just pointing out that crime can and does happen everywhere. However,it is indeed a fact that it occures more in cities that are largely populated. No rocket science there!

notaracist

July 12th, 2011
1:16 pm

Now, back on topic.Lake Oconee. It is kind of a long drive,about 45 minutes to an hour, east of Atlanta. If you have the time to get away, get started early, you will definetly enjoy picnicing right in front of the lake.

SAWB

July 12th, 2011
2:23 pm

Wow, lots of irrational folks posting about picnics of all things. I for one live OTP because it is significantly cheaper. However, I love to visit ITP multiple times each week to spend all that money I save in the wonderful restaurants, shops, and museums. The best thing about Atlanta is the diversity and I for one love it. However, to simply dismiss the potential crime risk in the City is really a head in the sand approach to life.