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Chimneys Picnic Area, shown above, is a popular picnicking spot in the Smokies. Photo by Shawn Dunnaway.

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park and surrounding areas offer wonderful places for picnicking opportunities.  Picnic areas ranging from common tables to huge pavilions can usually be found along any scenic road in the Smokies. 

If you can't find a spot you like, try hiking a trail in the park to get to a more remote location.  Box lunches can sometimes be ordered in restaurants located near the national park.  Picnicking is one of the traditional things to do in this area, and there are several sites just calling your name. 

Below is a list of picnic sites within the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.  Some have pavilions, while others just have tables.

A few areas allow reservations to be made - up to a year in advance! Reservations can be made by calling (877) 444-6777 or by visiting www.recreation.gov.

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Big Creek   April 8, 2016 - October 31

Picnic Sites:  10
Pavilion:  Not Available
Notes:  

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Cades Cove   Year-Round

Picnic Sites:  81
Pavilion:  Not Available
Notes:  Closes at 8 p.m. May 1 - August 31; at sunset on other dates

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Chimneys   March 12, 2016 - November 27

Picnic Sites:  68
Pavilion:  Not Available
Notes:  Closes at 8 p.m. May 1 - August 31; at sunset on other dates

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Collins Creek  April 1, 2016 - October 31

Picnic Sites:  182
Pavilion:  Seats 70
Notes:  Closes at 8 p.m. May 1 - August 31; at sunset on other dates.  Pavilion can be reserved in advance for $20.

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Cosby  April 8, 2016 - October 31

Picnic Sites:  35
Pavilion:  Seats 55
Notes:  Pavilion can be reserved in advance for $20

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Deep Creek Year-Round

Picnic Sites:  58
Pavilion:  Seats 70
Notes:  Pavilion can be reserved in advance for $20

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Greenbrier Year-Round

Picnic Sites:  12
Pavilion:  Seats 70
Notes:  Pavilion can be reserved in advance for $10

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Heintooga May 27, 2016 through October 10

Picnic Sites:  41
Pavilion:  Not Available
Notes:

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Look Rock Closed for 2016

Picnic Sites:  51
Pavilion:  Not Available
Notes:  Located on the Foothills Parkway

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Metcalf Bottoms Year-Round

Picnic Sites:  122
Pavilion:  Seats 70, only 4/8/16 through 10/31/15
Notes:  Pavilion can be reserved in advance for $20

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Twin Creeks April 1. 2016 - October 31

Picnic Sites:  Pavilion Only
Pavilion:  Seats 150
Notes:  By reservation only ($35-$75)

This data is provided by the National Park Service.

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