Warm weather brings thoughts of spending the days out and about exploring all that Steuben County has to offer. A picnic composed of delicious bites and sweet treats can make any day more special. Enjoy lakeside with gorgeous views of Keuka Lake, take a break from a hike on the Finger Lakes Trail, or a have relaxed family day at the park. This is your guide for the perfect picnic.


Where To Go


On a gorgeous, sunny day there is nothing better than spending time by the lake. Depot Park in Hammondsport offers views of the lake and space to run and play with your family. With a large green space for playing games and swimming in the lake open in the Summertime, this is the perfect spot for a family afternoon.

Depot Park
Depot Park

On the Trails

Take a hike through miles of hiking trails, including the Finger Lakes Trail, at Birdseye Hollow County Park. Picnic facilities are available for a great option to sit down and relax after a trek through the forest. Fish in the pond or run around the playground for added fun. Mossy Bank Park in Bath is a great option with pavilions and a picnic area. Kids will enjoy the playground, while the whole family can enjoy checking out the pond and the hiking trails. 

Birdseye Hollow Pond Hike by Nancy Peek
Birdseye Hollow Pond courtesy of Nancy Peek

State Parks

Stony Brook State Park boasts hiking trails with beautiful scenery and waterfalls along the paths. The picnic area is outfitted with tables and grills. The playground, natural stream-fed pool, and variety of play fields round out the options for a fun-filled day.

Stony Brook 2670b
Hiking at Stony Brook courtesy of Stu Gallagher

What To Pack


Now that you have some options of where to visit for a family day out, you will need to pack your picnic. Load up your basket with locally made food and treats.


Golden Age Cheese makes several types of cheese and cheese curds. Pick some up at their Woodhull location, or stop into Cugini Café to pick up your favorites. Pair your cheese with bison snack sticks from Mud Creek Bison Ranch.

Get It to Go

Up your picnic game with to go options from local restaurants. Butchers Son Corning has a selection of salads and sandwiches, made with quality local meats, that are perfect to pack for a lunch. FitzPatrick Farm Market & Deli is a great option to grab prepared food to go from their deli. Check out their market for any other picnicking needs.

Fitzpatrick deli
courtesy of Michael B Studios


You can’t end a meal without a sweet treat! Poppleton Bakery and Café has a wide selection of freshly made baked good every day. You will find something everyone will love from cupcakes and cake pops to brownies, cookies, and macarons.

Poppleton Bakery and Café

Let this guide help you plan the perfect picnic day. Now all you have to do is grab the family, pack up some delicious eats and sweets, and head out for a fun filled day of picnicking in Steuben County.


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