Maybe you’re an aspiring photographer, maybe you are one already, or maybe you just love those Instagram likes. Either way, North Carolina has endless beauty to fulfill all your capturing and sharing needs. But with so much beauty in one state…how do you decide which place is right for your next photo shoot? Easy…here are the fifteen most picturesque places in North Carolina.
1. Linville Gorge
Hiking this strenuous trail has a rewarding end.
2. Cape Lookout National Seashore
Between wild ponies, beautiful beaches, and a breathtaking lighthouse...the scenery does all the photographic work for you here.
3. Big Creek
Hike through the deep Smoky Mountains and you'll stumble on the gorgeous Crabtree Falls.
4. Grandfather Mountain
Between the mile-high swinging bridge; the views from the bottom to the top are extremely breathtaking.
5. Emerald Isle
Not just Emerald Isle, but the entire crystal coast will give you a Caribbean feel in North Carolina.
6. Craggy Gardens
You'll find your own little fairytale hiking the trails at Craggy Gardens.
7. High Falls, DuPont State Forest
While there are hundreds of picturesque waterfalls in North Carolina, falls like High Falls with shallow pools allow you to capture drama and the perfect picture.
8. Blue Ridge Parkway during fall
It seems as if the whole country has caught onto just how beautiful it is during fall..but that doesn't mean us locals can't enjoy it with a nice drive and a picture or two.
9. Chimney Rock
It doesn't get more classic Carolina than a gorgeous picture at Chimney Rock.
10. Jockey's Ridge
As the largest active sand dune in the Eastern United States, Jockey's Ridge gives you a picturesque little desert right next to the ocean.
11. Old Salem, Winston-Salem
Old Salem is a little time machine right outside of the city. WIth traditional, Moravian-inspired buildings and a few horse-drawn carriages this picturesque location is very ideal!
12. Biltmore Estate
And also a really great way to boast that your state basically has a castle.
13. Outer Banks scenic byway
With the Pamilico Sound on one side and the Atlantic Ocean on the other...bring your wide angle lens for capturing the beauty.
14. Linville Caverns
Talk about otherworldly, Linville Caverns is home to some of the most unique beauty in this state.
15. Cape Hatteras
Who doesn't love a beautiful lighthouse? Go at twilight to capture a picture like this!
Where is your favorite place to take a picture in North Carolina? Tell us in the comments!