July is National Picnic Month, so why not celebrate by having your very own scenic picnic in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park? The Cades Cove picnic area has some of the best views in the Smokies, and has some phenomenal restaurants nearby, from which to snag some local grub! Located near the campground, the Cades Cove picnic area has grills to meet your cooking needs and a plethora of picnic tables (Feel free to bring your own blanket and picnic basket for a more “down to earth” experience). Box lunches may be ordered at any of the restaurants in Townsend on your way into the National Park. One in particular, Townsend KOA Deli (8533 State Highway 73) is Townsend’s one-of-a-kind café specializing in fresh ready-made gourmet sandwiches, soups, salads, baked goods and single serving meal selections, specifically designed for picnics.

 

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If you plan on staying in the area for a few days, you may way to hit up one of the local farmers markets. The Townsend Farmers Market (Thursdays 4pm-6:30pm) offers tons of locally grown produce, honey, bread and other goodies! Located next to Heartland Wedding Chapel and Miss Lily’s Cafe in Townsend, TN, it’s always a local favorite.

Friendly reminder: While visiting Cades Cove, it’s important to remember to not feed wild animals!

To read about other picnic areas in the National Park, head to the Picnicking page on our website here: http://www.smokymountains.org/eat/picnicking.aspx