If you'd rather munch while you enjoy the spring air, there are several parks in Utah County that are perfect for a picnic. Here are some favorite picnic spots in the valley -- just remember to practice safe social distancing while out.
There are several spots in Provo Canyon that are perfect for a spring picnic. One is Mt. Timpanogos Park, which boasts a variety of picnic spots with fantastic canyon views, but it also has access to the Provo River, walking and jogging paths, restrooms and pavilions.
Location: Roughly one mile from the entrance to Provo Canyon on Hwy. 189, just past Canyon View Park
South Fork Park
South Fork Park in Provo Canyon is a great spot for a picnic. Not only does South Fork have several picnic areas and covered group sites, but it’s also a great place for stream fishing, grilling and some fantastic outdoor fun.
Location: 4988 N. South Fork Road in Provo
Battle Creek Falls
If you’re looking for a place to eat AND hike, Battle Creek Falls in Pleasant Grove is an excellent choice. Though the picnic area isn’t the most beautiful, Battle Creek Falls provides a simple hike and plenty of opportunities to enjoy the great weather!
Location: To find the Battle Creek Falls trailhead, follow 200 South in Pleasant Grove to the east side of town. The street, also known as Battle Creek Drive, will dead-end at the trailhead.
Rock Canyon Park
Rock Canyon is the largest park in Provo, which means there is plenty of green space to spread out a picnic blanket and chow down. The park also boasts amazing valley views.
Location: 2620 N. 1200 East, Provo
Paul Ream Wilderness Park in Provo
A favorite local picnic area is at the Paul Ream Wilderness Park in Provo. Located adjacent to the Provo River Parkway Trail and the Provo River, the park is great for a local getaway and has spots for picnics, barbeques and recreation, including walking paths, a duck pond, a gazebo and a playground.
Location: 1600 W. 500 North in Provo
Bridal Veil Falls
Bridal Veil Falls is a great picnic spot. Though the Falls are pretty popular and you might be in for some company on your picnic, you can’t beat the beauty of the view, or the easy opportunities for hiking provided there.
Location: About 2.5 miles into Provo Canyon, you’ll come across a sign for Nunn’s Park/Bridal Veil Falls. If you follow that turnoff, the parking lot will be right by the road.
Bicentennial Park in Provo has a disc golf course, but it also has quite a few open scenic areas and picnic tables, perfect for a picnic.
Location: Off Highway 89 and 1370 South, Provo
The Swinging Bridge picnic area
Kelly Hopkins Delasandro shared on the Daily Herald Facebook page that her favorite summer picnic spot has always been the Swinging Bridge picnic area in American Fork Canyon. With easy access to hiking, Timpanogos Cave National Monument, and, of course, the bridge itself, this spot makes for a great warm weather outing destination.
Upper Falls Park in Provo
Though definitely not the same experience as Provo Canyon’s popular Bridal Veil Falls, Upper Falls Park provides visitors with the opportunity for a fun, short hike, and a little less company along the way. Upper Falls Park is just 15 minutes into the Provo Canyon where you’ll find picnic areas, beautiful mountain views and a nice chance to go fishing. To make things better, the hike to the falls is just 15 minutes from the park!
Location: About 2.5 miles into Provo Canyon, there will be a sign for Nunn’s Park/Bridal Veil Falls. If you follow that turnoff, you’ll pass a parking lot for Bridal Veil Falls and follow a road to the left leading to Nunn’s Park. Go straight through the intersection for another mile and you’ll find Upper Falls Park.