A picnic in the park is always a good idea. Enjoy food, fellowship, and fun with friends and family at these Cumberland Valley locations. Whether you pack your own food or purchase takeout from a nearby restaurant, these parks provide open spaces, fresh air, and plenty of opportunities for the kids to explore.
This is a premier location for watching the fall raptor migration along the Kittatinny Ridge. Bring a picnic and enjoy a meal with one of the best views of Cumberland Valley.
This park has it all, including pavilions, picnic tables, hiking trails, and an impressive children’s playground. A farmers’ market is on-site (across the street) from 3 pm to 7 pm every Thursday from mid-May through mid-October. Stop by the market to pick up some fresh fruit and vegetables to eat with your picnic dinner or buy some homemade baked goods to enjoy for dessert.
The park's 127-acres provide ample space for the family. During the summer months, little ones can cool off at the Splash Pad. Older teens and adults can enjoy a round of disc golf before settling down for a meal.
Negley Park is one of the most scenic locations in Cumberland Valley. Stop at the West Shore Farmers Market (open Friday & Saturday) for picnic food, then head to Negley Park, set up your picnic blanket, and unwind with splendid views of the Harrisburg skyline and Susquehanna River.
Adventure Park is an ideal picnic location for families with active little ones. Let the kids run wild at the expansive Adventure Zone Playground, which is handicapped accessible and designed for children of all abilities. It also features two nice pavilions (one with a fireplace) with picnic tables, a walking trail, a sand volleyball court, and a nine-hole disc golf course.
Located in downtown Carlisle, LeTort Park is perfectly suited for family fun and an afternoon picnic. There is a large playground area and the spray pool keeps kids cool on warm summer days. Before or after your picnic, take a stroll along the LeTort Nature Trail. This quiet, tree-lined walking trail winds along LeTort Spring Run and is a great location for bird watching.
Dykeman Park is a 50-acre area that surrounds historic Dykeman Springs. The park has three different trails each featuring different terrain and wildlife. There are also two ponds and several picnic tables. Pick up some treats from Art of Pie Cafe in downtown Shippensburg and enjoy a sweet and perfect ending to your picnic.
The lake, in the heart of Boiling Springs, provides a picture-perfect setting for a picnic. There are several benches and a gazebo but no tables or pavilion so plan accordingly. From the lake, you can stroll across the street to the historic Iron Furnace and follow the white blazes across the creek and into the woods as you walk along the Appalachian Trail.
Lower Allen Community Park's 110-acres is filled with amenities for everyone to enjoy. Fish along the Yellow Breeches Creek or at the “catch and release” pond (from spring to late fall for children 12 and under only). The Field of Dreams playground, golf driving range, and nature trail round out some of the fun activities to enjoy before or after your picnic. As an added bonus, your dog can join in on the family fun at the Doggie Dugout Dog Park, which is free and open to the public.
Trails & Trees is close to downtown Mechanicsburg but allows visitors to escape into nature with picture-perfect views of four counties from its hilltop. With a forest, a meadow, a stream, several hiking trails, and a modern pavilion, settle in for a refreshing and relaxing afternoon or evening.
TIP: Picnic tables and pavilions are available at most locations; however, larger groups are encouraged to reserve a pavilion to ensure they have the necessary space. Contact the appropriate township office to rent a pavilion. If you feel more comfortable not using the facilities, you are welcome to bring your own lawn chairs and spread out a blanket.