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Fall Photo Ops in Waynesville


Oh snap! It’s that time of year again—when the leaves change to beautiful hues of oranges, reds and yellows, setting up the perfect backdrop for a photoshoot. While there are some well-known places for seasonal photo sessions, we want to bring some unexpected recommendations into focus. Whether you are a rookie, a pro, or just looking to snap a new profile picture, Waynesville’s got your go-to spots covered this fall. With these photo ops, you’ll be the talk of the town.

Frog Level Mural

Hop on over to Waynesville’s historic Frog Level district to strike a pose with their mural located on 14 Commerce St. You can ask anyone—it is toad-ally a must-stop.

Old Time Music Sculpture

Forget about saying cheese, this popular Waynesville sculpture will bring a smile to your face without even trying. Pick up your air guitar and snap a picture with this towering piece of art, which was created as an ode to Waynesville’s rich musical heritage.

Laurel Ridge Country Club

Often used as a wedding venue, Laurel Ridge offers stunning views of the mountains covered in fall foliage. It’s a great place to capture the colorful leaves with the vibrant green grass of the golf course, but please be considerate of golfers and other guests enjoying their stay.

Boojum Gem Wall

Talk about a hidden gem, the back entrance of Boojum Brewing Company in Downtown Waynesville has a colorful mural you won’t want to miss. Of course, while you’re there don’t forget to stop for a cold brew and a bite to eat.

Van Gogh Mural Hazelwood

Looking for more murals? We know exactly where you should Gogh! The Hazelwood District has a beautiful replica of Van Gogh’s famous Starry Night painting. Grab your special someone and capture a picture beneath the stars.

Vance Street Park: Russ Avenue

This park has more than just recreational activities, they also have a fishing pier and a walking trail beside Richland Creek for some natural outdoor photo ops. Grab your friends and develop a day of lasting memories.

Beyond the Borders

If you are interested in some nearby hikes that are also great for photography, check out Graveyard Fields or Devil’s Courthouse for stunning leaf-peeping. You can also saunter on over to Cataloochee Valley to give the elk a shot at the spotlight, or venture along the Blue Ridge Parkway to an overlook location like Richland Balsam Overlook.

No matter where you choose to explore, these places are sure to capture your heart. Be sure to tag us in your photoshoot with #Waynesville or @VisitNCSmokies.


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