8 of the Best Places to Picnic in Vermont

1. Hildene, The Lincoln Family Home, Manchester

The flowers are blooming in the stunning gardens at Hildene. A gorgeous setting for a picnic, as well as interesting and historical tours of the buildings and grounds!

 

2. Trapp Family Lodge, Stowe

Go and see why the "hills are alive with the sound of music" at this scenic spot!

 

3. Mount Philo State Park, Charlotte

The view of the Champlain Valley with the Adirondacks in the distance is one of the most spectacular in Vermont. The 968-foot mountaintop picnic area at the top offers stunning views, a big reward for the modest 1-mile hike.

 

4. Oakledge Park, Burlington

Enjoy the breathtaking sunsets and even a treehouse at this waterfront location.

 

5. Averill Mountain, Averill

This beginners hike is 3/4-mile and the view is definitely worth the climb. At the top it levels out on a large rock and overlooks Big Averill Lake and its neighboring mountain, Brousseau. The rock at the top is large and flat enough for a good size group to have a nice picnic.

 

6. Lake Willoughby Beach, Westmore

The iconic north beach is one of the most photographed places in Vermont. There are public beaches on both the north and south shores of the lake, with ample space to have a nice picnic. North beach has public bath facilities, and south beach is bathing suit optional, so choose your spot wisely!

 

7. Craftsbury Common, Craftsbury

With a lovely town green surrounded by white clapboard houses, picket fences, a tiny library, a faded cemetery and stirring views to the east and west, you'll love being immersed in this quintessential town. It even has a country store down the road where you can get your picnic lunch!

 

8. Texas Falls Recreation Area, Hancock

An easy trail leads to one of Vermont's prettiest cascades and best picnic spots. A must visit in Vermont.

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