Whether you want to snag a photo for an awesome Instagram post, get a head start on the holiday photo card, or want to take a framable family portrait, here are five places within a short drive of Charlotte where you’re sure to get the perfect shot this fall.

Anne Springs Close Greenway

104 Adventure Rd.

Just over the state line in Fort Mill, South Carolina sits the Anne Springs Close Greenway, a 2,100-acre historic nature preserve that’s teeming with options when it comes to finding a beautiful spot to take some photos. From the greenway’s swinging bridge to the picturesque lake and rolling pastures, your biggest problem will be trying to find enough time to get pictures at all of the amazing possibilities — and with 40 miles of wooded trails just imagine how stunning the area will be when the leaves begin to change.

 

Carrigan Farms

1261 Oakridge Farm Hwy.

Countless rows of apple trees with fruit ripe for the pickin’ provide the perfect fall scene for a fun impromptu photoshoot and Carrigan Farms in Mooresville. There’s also a pumpkin patch and massive rock quarry on the property that can provide other possible background options. If you plan to have a professional photographer take your family portraits at Carrigan Farms you will need to schedule an appointment and there is a $50 fee.

 

 

Freedom Park 

1900 East Blvd.

Freedom Park is beautiful any time of year, but it becomes especially photogenic during the fall season as the leaves start to change. It also offers several options when it comes to location changes and backdrops, giving you plenty of options. Take your pick from a photo op in front of the 7-acre lake, on one of the park’s picturesque bridges, or underneath the swaying branches of a weeping willow.

 

 

Hodges Family Farm

3900 Rocky River Rd.

You won’t find anywhere better than Hodges Family Farm if you want the ultimate fall-themed picture. They’ve got everything you could want in a seasonal photo including hay rides, a gigantic pumpkin patch, cute scarecrows, rustic barns, and even a petting zoo. If you want to go the professional route, the farm offers specific times for photography sessions.

 

 

Historic Rural Hill

4431 Neck Rd.

Photo opportunities are endless at the historic Rural Hill property with sprawling green fields, several rustic barns and buildings, and a stunning arbor covered with twisted grape vines to pose with. Rural Hill also has a long, gravel drive surrounded by trees that’s gorgeous during golden hour and offers a lot of space to get creative with poses and angles.

We’d love to hear about your favorite places to take photos during the fall season around Charlotte. Let us know in the comments.