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Our favorite photo spots in the state of Tennessee

How-To's and Tips | 09/22/20
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When it comes to taking great photos in the state of Tennessee we have so many great locations from the rivers and lakes of Middle Tennessee to the Great Smoky Mountains to our east. If you are looking for some picturesque spots to enter in to our 2021 photo calendar contest here are our favorites.

Natchez Trace
Stretching over 400 miles from Nashville to Natchez, Mississippi, the Natchez Trace has some amazing photo spots on the northern end in Tennessee. Winding roads with country hillsides, waterfalls, historic locales, and the iconic double-arch bridge make for great photo opportunities.

Cades Cove
Nestled up against the beautiful backdrop of the Great Smoky Mountain, Cades Cove is a spot where you have not only the beauty of the broad valley, but also can frequently find wildlife among the fields. Cades Cove is home to large numbers of white-tailed deer and you can quite often see turkeys or black bears. Not to be left out, the 11-mile, one-way loop road also has three historic churches and a number of historic buildings. Go early in the morning to catch the first rays of day peaking over the tops of the mountains.

Downtown Nashville

The heart of Music City offers several spots to capture great imagery. Make sure you head across the John Seigenthaler pedestrian bridge to capture images of the Nashville skyline from atop the bridge and from Cumberland Park where you’ll get the towering buildings and lights of Broadway. Printer’s Alley, Ryman Auditorium and centennial park offer other great chances to take calendar-worthy images. Make sure to visit during the day and at night.

Tennessee State Parks

Any list of great photo spots in the Volunteer State would not be complete without a mention of our amazing state parks. Places like the Narrows of the Harpeth overlook in the Harpeth River State Park, and the waterfalls at Rock Island and Fall Creek Falls State Parks make it easy to document the beauty of this state. There are far too many to list them all here. Just venture out where you’ll find the beautiful streams, wildlife and nature that they are all known for.


Last, but certainly not last are the amazing backroads of the state. The winding roads, small towns, flowing hills, streams, forests, lakes, and old barns are easy pickings for landscape photography. So load up the car, exit off the interstate and get your camera out to capture what makes Tennessee great.

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