Great Picnic Spots In Big Bear Lake
There's nothing like spending time with family and friends in the great outdoors. Check out these top spots in Big Bear Lake to have your next picnic.
Many picnic spots may be closed or inaccessible due to forest closures. Please check the status of the park before visiting.
Enjoy your next picnic lakefront surrounded by the scenic beauty of the forest. Whether it’s breakfast, brunch, lunch or dinner, spending time with family and friends in the great outdoors is a perfect way to create memories in Big Bear Lake that will last a lifetime.
All of the picnic areas listed are available year-round even if parking is not. When the snow flies, these areas are great for building snowmen, having an epic snowball fight, or making snow angels.
1. Boulder Bay Park
Location: 39148 Big Bear Blvd.
This lakefront city park has spectacular views of the iconic Boulder Bay, picnic tables, a gazebo, a fishing pier, lake access, public restrooms, and a parking lot. There is also a grassy area to spread out a blanket and enjoy the day. A concrete walking path makes this accessible for wagons, strollers and wheelchairs. Kayak rentals and general store within walking distance.
2. Happy Hills Trail Picnic Area
Location: 39707 Big Bear Blvd.
This is a shady, forested picnic area. Discover the beauty of tall pines dotted with wildflowers and historic cabins along a small creek. Picnic tables, bear-proof trash cans, and a paved walking path make it easily accessible for wagons, strollers, and wheelchairs. Parking is on the west end of the Big Bear City Hall.
3. Aspen Glen Picnic Area
Location: 40105 Mill Creek Rd.
This wooded picnic area is a day-use area only. There is a community fire ring, picnic tables, BBQ, parking, and public restrooms. You can access the Pineknot Trail from the picnic area if you want to do some hiking. Pineknot Trail is a moderate to difficult trail. This picnic area requires a $5 Adventure Pass for parking. Adventure Passes are available at the Big Bear Visitors Center or the Discovery Center.
4. Rotary Pine Knot Park
Location: 481 Bartlett Rd.
This small lakefront park is near the Village. Picnic tables, benches, grassy area to spread out a blanket for a picnic or just relaxing and enjoying the views. Small playground for children and public restrooms on-site. Park in the Bartlett Parking Lot in the Village and head towards the lake.
5. Veteran’s Park
Location: Big Bear Blvd. & Knickerbocker
A small lakefront park with limited picnic tables and benches just steps away from the Village. Grassy area to spread out picnic blankets and enjoy the views. The paved walking path makes it accessible for wagons, strollers, and wheelchairs. Parking is next door in the Community Church parking lot. Public restrooms are on site.
6. Meadow Park
Location: 41220 Park Ave.
Lakefront city park with fishing dock, tennis courts, volleyball court, horseshoes, 2 lighted ball fields, playground, group picnic pavilion, picnic grove with tables, BBQ’s and public restrooms. Plenty of parking available and there is even an enclosed ‘Bark Park’ for your furry family members.
7. Juniper Point
Location: 41365 North Shore Dr.
This picnic area is on a knoll above the lake. Picnic tables and BBQ’s under shady juniper trees with a short, slightly rocky path down to the lake for swimming. Alpine Pedal Path runs between the parking lot and the picnic area and is a perfect place for walking, running, or biking. Easily accessible for wagons, strollers, bikes, and wheelchairs. Pit toilets are in the parking area. This area requires a $5 Adventure Pass for parking. Adventure passes are available at the Big Bear Visitor Center or the Discovery Center. Great area for sunset views.
8. Meadow’s Edge Picnic Area
Location: 40751 North Shore Ln.
A shady, well-forested area with picnic tables, BBQ, restrooms, and parking. Great location across from Serrano Campground. Easy access to the lake for swimming. Nearby kayak, paddleboard, and bike rentals at Paddles & Pedals so you can enjoy water sports or cruise along the nearby Alpine Pedal Path and enjoy the scenery. Accessible for wagons, strollers, bikes, and wheelchairs. This area requires a $5 Adventure Pass for parking. Adventure passes are available at the Big Bear Visitor Center or the Discovery Center.
9. Dana Point Park
Location: 39369 North Shore Drive
Shaded picnic tables, BBQ, restrooms, parking, and nearby lake access for swimming. Close to Captain John’s Marina for boat, paddleboard, kayak, or canoe rentals. Also, the home of the Tarzan Boat which is like a giant playground on the water. Great family fun!
No matter the season, there is always a perfect picnic spot in Big Bear Lake to bring your friends and family!