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Taste of Haywood
is a monthly eMagazine dedicated to celebrating the seasonal flavors of Haywood County and the farmers, growers & artisan producers behind them. It is a completely free online publication. I recently wrote an article for them on the Top 20 most instagrammable spots in Haywood County. Check it out below and let me know what you think!
Photos left to right: @mitchellandrewphoto
Top 20 Most Instagrammable Places in Haywood County
When you’re in the NC Smokies it’s not hard to find the perfect backdrop for your next Insta pic when there’s the Blue Ridge Parkway, adorable mountain towns, lakes, and acres of u-pick farms. Sometimes it helps to have specific locations to get your creativity flowing however, so here are the top spots guaranteed to make your next post rack up the likes.
1. Iron Pickers
These large bluegrass pickin’ figures in the middle of downtown Waynesville are great for photos, but also rather fun to climb. Get creative with your poses.
2. Max Patch
An icon of Haywood County and for good reason! You get 360 degree views of the surrounding TN and NC mountain ranges. It sits right on the Appalachian Trail so you can get some “hold-my-hand-as-I-walk” and “looks-like-an-indie-album” shots as well.
3. Black Rock
Though you have to summit 5 peaks to reach this spot, the view is worth it. The rock outcroppings make for great compositions, especially during sunrise. The next day you can head up the road to Waterrock Knob!
4. Waterrock Knob
Another iconic spot on the Blue Ridge Parkway you can see miles of mountain ranges just from the parking area or take the .6 mile hike up to the top. Set up a hammock on Waterrock Knob and snap a pic.
5. Love Lane Farm
Full of flowers you can pick and take with you, this spot is way better than the Michaels Craft Store challenge, these flowers are real!
6. Soco Falls
Right off US 19 past Maggie Valley, it’s a short, steep, downhill access to these double falls. Impressive background for the ‘gram if you stand on the rocks in the center.
7. Buffalo Creek Vacations
Free to the public Bison feedings not only make for an exciting IG story, there are alpacas, goats, rabbits, and train cars to pose with!
8. Devil’s Courthouse
The name alone will be fun to tag. Drive along the Blue Ridge Parkway and then head up Devil’s Courthouse for stunning views in the Summer and Fall.
9. Lake Junalusaka
Rent a paddle board or kayak for a unique shot or walk around the lake to explore the rose walk, stone chapel and bridge crossings.
10. Little Cataloochee Church
A moderate hike from Cataloochee Valley in the Great Smoky Mountains will bring you to this adorable chapel. You will also be likely to see elk in the valley.
11. Purchase Knob
Sunrise is really something from the deck of the Research Center located here if you can convince your friends to not hit snooze. Wildflowers in the spring and summer should provide a gorgeous backdrop.
12. Midnight Hole
A bit of a drive to the NC/TN border but worth every minute of the drive. This swimming hole has large boulders and all kinds of places to explore along the river on the hike there.
13. The Swag
Adirondack chairs and a hammock set the perfect scene for a romantic ‘gram at sunrise.
14. Cataloochee Ranch
With free range horses, large valley views, and adorable cabins, you’ll be sure to find something to refresh your posts.
15. Jukebox Junction
A 50s style diner with handmade milkshakes, a jukebox, and plenty of wall art to inspire your inner Marylyn Monroe for a selfie.
16. Panacea Coffeehouse
The inside decor of this coffee shop was made for the ‘gram. Grab a coffee and pose inside or head out to their outdoor area shared with Frog Level Brewery that sits right on the river.
17. Woolyback Overlook
This overlook on the Blue Ridge Parkway offers gorgeous views of sunset in the summer. Pack a blanket and a picnic and stay for stargazing after you get your pics.
18. Cold Mountain
A vigorous hike but worth the views. Do it for the ‘gram!
19. Black Balsam Knob
A fairly easy hike with the potential to explore even further. Since these mountain tops are balds, you get views for days.
20. Pisgah National Forest
Literally anywhere in the forest will guarantee a beautiful shot.