Up your Instagram game with these 8 spots in 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!

Jetton Park

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.

Jetton Park Trail

It also has trails through the woods and a hidden gazebo

Jetton Park Lake View

An outcropping near the sandy beach


Downtown Davidson

The historic downtown of Davidson has tons of character and is very photogenic. The main street of Davidson offers a variety of shopsrestaurants, wide sidewalks and public library. You also have Davidson College campus across the street.

Flatiron building in davidson

Flatiron Building

Davidson College Presbyterian Church

The Presbyterian Church on Campus

Main Street

South Main Street

Malea's portrait in davidson

It's great for portraits too

Davidson College

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! 


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.

Ramsey Creek park dock

Patriot Pier

A Crisp morning at the Ramsey Creek beach

Swimming Beach


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.

Birkdale Village Patio

One of the many restaurants

Ice cream at Baldwins

Get a snack while you're at it


Historic Latta Plantation

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.

Latta Plantation Animals

Historic Latta Plantation resident

Latta Plantation nature preserve trail

One of the nature preserve trails


Antiquity Bridge

Antiquity Bridge

Antiquity Bridge

Antiquity Bridge

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.

Antiquity Bridge walkway

The Walkway


Leave a comment if we missed your favorite spot to shoot. And as always, don't forget to tag us in your photos @VisitLakeNorman with a chance to be featured on our Instagram!