10 Places to Photograph in Asheville, NC

10 places asheville

RMSP will be in Asheville on February 13th and 14th as part of our 2016 Weekend Intensive program.

This city sounds like the perfect place for budding photographers! If you are interested in photographing architecture, Asheville is chock-full of gorgeous, historic buildings. All you have to do is step outside and walk in any direction to find interesting buildings. This doesn’t even take into consideration all the festivals, museums, galleries, and the close proximity to the Blue Ridge Parkway and Nantahala National Forest

To scout from Missoula, we used Google Maps and Panoramio to see what other people had photographed in the area. And don’t forget that you can make any location feel completely new by going at night!

  1. North Carolina Arboretum – Explore the Arboretum’s outdoor exhibits such as art installations and 65 acres of cultivated gardens, including one of the finest, most unique bonsai collections in the United States.
  2. Basilica of St. Lawrence – This Minor Basilica of the Roman Catholic Church was built in 1905. It has beautiful architecture to photograph inside and out.
  3. The Biltmore – The 8,000 acres of this estate include the historic Châteauesque-style Vanderbilt mansion, extensive gardens and a winery.
  4. Blueridge Parkway – Created as a link between the Shenandoah National Park and the edge of the Great Smoky Mountain National Park, there are miles and miles of beautiful mountainous terrain to explore.
  5. Grove Arcade – This building, considered one of Asheville’s jewels, has ornate architecture, an incredible arcade with a glass ceiling, and a fascinating history.
  6. Beaver Lake – A great place for birdwatching and a peaceful location to photograph, just two miles from the center of Asheville.
  7. Downtown Asheville – Grab your camera and head downtown! There is so much to photograph throughout downtown.
  8. Nantahala National Forest – “Nantahala” is a Cherokee Indian word that means “Land of the Noonday Sun.”  The name is fitting for this national forest because in some areas, the sun only reaches the floors of the deep gorges in the middle of the day, when it’s directly overhead. This provides great, soft, reflected light – perfect for photography. Don’t miss the amazing waterfalls in the area as well.
  9. Linville Gorge: Located in the Pisgah National Forest, this wilderness area is considered the Grand Canyon of North Carolina. There are hiking trails, waterfalls, rock climbing and great views. You can also visit the Linville Caverns in the area.
  10. The Orange Peel – After a day of photography, unwind with good music, but don’t forget your camera. The Orange Peel in Asheville is host to great bands and live music is always fun to photograph.  


Sliding Rock: February is probably not the best time of year to visit Sliding Rock, but if you’re from the area it looks like a great place to go when the weather gets hot. Sliding rock is a 60-foot long waterfall/natural slide that ends in a 6-7 foot pool at the bottom.  

Do you know of great places to photograph in Asheville that we didn’t mention? We’d love to hear from you. Please leave your suggestions in the comments below.

If you do photograph in Asheville show us your favorites! Post them on our Flickr group page or on our Facebook page. Make sure to tag the images with “Asheville.”