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Madison's Best Picnic Spots

July is National Picnic Month, so start planning to have as many picnics with your friends as possible. Grab a sandwich from Madison Produce Co., a pizza from Amici Madison or a pastry from the Patisserie on Main, pack your basket and head on over to these picnic-worthy locales! Here’s our roundup of the best picnic spots in Morgan County:

Town Park

After enjoying a day in downtown Madison, get take-out from Wing Nights @ Benny Paul’s and stroll over to Town Park. Lay out a blanket and enjoy a nice evening by the fountain. Finish your night by walking over to Scoops to cool down with your choice of 30+ flavors of delicious, handcrafted ice cream.

Hard Labor Creek State Park

Head over to Rutledge, where you can order a bagged lunch directly from the Caboose or grab-and-go a fresh deli selection from Harvest & Honey. From there you may choose to enjoy your meal in the gazebo of the quaint town park or head out for a picnic at Hard Labor Creek State Park, Georgia’s second largest state park. After your picnic, roast some s’mores over a fire, or visit the “Small but Special” downtown of Rutledge to enjoy the arts as patriotic and town hero murals are splashed across buildings downtown.

Madison-Morgan Cultural Center

Madison-Morgan Cultural Center, an arts center with rotating art installations, permanent history collections, and art and musical performances in Madison, GA

In the heart of the Madison Historic District, the front lawn of the Madison-Morgan Cultural Center is the perfect place to have a picnic under the amazing tree canopy and take in the historic homes.

Lambert Park

Opened in the summer of 2020, Lambert Park is Madison’s newest greenspace. Grab a to-go order and enjoy dinner on the large green lawn surrounded by decades old pecan trees.

Sugar Creek Marina

Take your picnic out on a boat! Put your boat in the water at Sugar Creek Marina where (the real) Buckhead meets the banks of Lake Oconee, grab a fishing pole, and spend your day enjoying beautiful, Georgia’s Lake Country.

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