Up your Instagram game with these 8 spots in the Lake Norman that are worth photographing. My name is Elijah Knorpp and I'm the resident photographer at VLN and I'm always hunting for spots to take photos of in the area. These are the best I've found!
An outcropping near the sandy beach
Jetton Park in Cornelius is a great spot and also provides a free view of the lake; a favorite of mine to take long exposures and drone shots. Parking is free and accessible.
It also has trails through the woods and a hidden gazebo
Drone top-down of the tennis courts
South Main Street
The historic downtown of Davidson has tons of character and is very photogenic. The main street of Davidson offers a variety of shops, restaurants, wide sidewalks and public library. You also have Davidson College campus across the street.
It's great for portraits too
The Presbyterian Church on Campus
Davidson College is one of the oldest schools in the country and it shows! Picturesque brick walkways weave through campus leading up to the historic buildings that still stand today. It has a large campus with many photo opportunities and is just across from Main Street in Davidson so you can hit both in one outing!
One of the oldest building on campus
Ramsey Creek Park in Cornelius is the only one with paid admission on the list, but I think it's worth it. With multiple beaches, two docks and walking trails through the woods, it's a great place for pictures.
Summer Beach Vibes
Great place for sunsets
Birkdale Village in Huntersville is an outdoor mall with character. It's a great spot for a night out with friends to get that Instagram-worthy photo. You can find parking at both the main parking spots in the center and parking garages on either side of the main part of the mall.
One of the many restaurants
Get a snack while you're at it
Up next is the Historic Latta Plantation in Huntersville. This is a living-history plantation dating back to the 1800s that has live farm animals. Located only a few minutes away is the Latta Nature Preserve. Great spot for nature shots either with the animals or on the trail.
One of the nature preserve trails
Trees, because why not?
Antiquity Bridge in Cornelius is a lesser known spot, but it's one of my favorites. It's a charming little wooden bridge that takes you into the Antiquity Neighborhood. Just watch out for cars because it is a functioning road! Parking is a little more difficult on this one as it isn't a usual attraction per se. I've found it's easiest to park in the baseball field parking lot across from Davidson Elementary nearby and walk the rest of the way.
What the bridge will look like walking to it from parking
Another more obscure one, Robbins Park in Cornelius is a neighborhood that has a walking trail through a beautiful bamboo grove and pond. Great for mellow shots! There are parking spots right as you enter the neighborhood on the right.
Great for mellow shots
One of the walking trails
Leave a comment if I missed your favorite spot to shoot! As always, don't forget to tag us on your photos @VisitLakeNorman!