Find Your Favorite Neighborhood Picnic Spot
One of the simple pleasures of summer is a picnic. The great outdoors becomes our dining room. While you can pop open a picnic basket and eat practically anywhere, your choice of setting can make or break your al fresco affair. Here’s our go-to list of top picnic spots in West Chester and Liberty Townships. Explore these and other community parks to find your own slice of picnic paradise. Bring your own blanket!
8682 & 8630 Beckett Road, West Chester
Home of the historic Muhlhauser Barn, Beckett Park is a picturesque picnic locale. On both the east and west sides of Beckett Road, there are romantic spots to spread out a blanket: at the gazebo overlooking the pond, in the shade of a grove of trees or under the picnic shelter at the water’s edge. After your meal, take a walk on the Park’s paved and natural trails or watch kids play at the playground—maybe you can swing, too!
7211 & 7411 Barret Road, West Chester
Pack a light dinner and stake out your spot for a picnic at the Keehner Park Amphitheatre. On summer Saturdays, the West Chester Concert Series performances are held here from 7-9 p.m. Hike the beautiful wooded trails, toss rocks in Mill Creek or play a tennis match on one of the three public courts to work up an appetite. Alcohol is not permitted in the park, so fill the cooler with ice cold root beer instead.
5119 Grandin Ridge Drive, Liberty Township
Reserves Park is a hidden treasure, tucked into the Reserves of Liberty subdivision off State Route 747. Don’t miss the driveway—watch for park signs. Reserves Park hosts a fishing pond, springy surface accessible playground, new Frisbee golf course and a Parcourse Trail for fitness. This family park has a shelter with picnic tables and even charcoal grills. The entire gang will be entertained here before, during and after a picnic. Double your fun by walking on the path to the far east end of the park where Reserves Park connects to the Ft. Liberty Playland. Don’t forget to hydrate with all of that exercising in the summer heat!
Voice of America MetroPark
7850 VOA Park Drive, West Chester
There are plenty of picnic options at VOA, where the park is centered around the lake. Pack a backpack and scale the big hill for a stunning view. Snag a table at the gazebo overlooking the lake. You can even rent a rowboat for a floating feast. VOA is a kid-friendly picnic spot, with a safe playground and restrooms that are easily accessible. Bring your furry friend along to take advantage of Wiggly Field dog park. Wednesday evenings in the summer, you can catch a Hump Day Concert from 7-9 p.m. On those nights, you can even purchase your dinner at the Ronald Reagan Lodge patio—no packing necessary!
William F. & Cora Dudley Woods Park
5591 Hankins Road, Liberty Township
Dudley Woods Park is on a quiet, wooded lot. Hike in to picnic on a bench along the nature trail, eat at a table under the shelter or take the road less traveled and find a spot in a field of tall grass and wildflowers. This gem of a park is a nature preserve with a kingdom of wildlife. Watch the birds, follow the butterflies and scout out four-legged friends as you walk the peaceful path. You’ll need insect repellant at Dudley Woods. Even though they aren’t invited, bugs love picnics.