10 Perfect Picnic Spots in the Berkshires

By Taylor Staubach, Publisher, Berkshires Macaroni Kid April 21, 2021

In celebration of National Picnic Day, we're sharing some of our favorite local Berkshire spots to eat outdoors! Pack a blanket, some delicious snacks and get out there already! Don't forget to bring a bag for all the trash — let's keep the places we all love looking great!

1. You'll be good and hungry by the time you get to the overlook at The Cobbles in Cheshire but the view will be worth the trip!

2. Head to Mount Greylock in Lanesborough. Stoney Ledge has a wonderful picnic area, accessible from the parking area on Rockwell Road. Be advised that the road to the summit does not open until after Memorial Day.

3. You'll find both a playground and ample room to run at Windsor Lake in North Adams.

4. Cool off on the banks of the Green River in Great Barrington (about a mile west of Great Barrington on Route 23)

5. Pack a leisurely lunch for the Hillcrest Gazebo in Pittsfield and enjoy views of Onota Lake (behind Hillcrest Commons on Valentine Road.

6. Snag one of the small picnic tables overlooking Fountain Pond at Fountain Pond State Park in Great Barrington.

7. Open from dawn to dusk, explore the incredible grounds and gardens at Edith Wharton's Estate at The Mount in Lenox.

8. Once the summer estate of sculptor Daniel Chester French, the grounds and woodland trails of Chesterwood in Stockbridge are the perfect place to while away an afternoon.

9. For a quiet spot in the midst of the city, head to Springside Park / Herbert Arboretum in Pittsfield.

10. Have a classic Berkshire picnic on the Tanglewood Grounds in Lenox. Open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. during non-performance times and weather permitting. 

Do you have a go-to picnic spot in the Berkshires? What did we miss that are must-sees? Share with us in the comments!