To some, one of the best parts of getting out to Pennsylvania’s parks is capturing the magic of nature to post on the ‘gram. Luckily, our state’s beautiful parks have tons of share-worthy spots to snap while you’re out and about exploring! National Photography Day is August 19th, so what better time to highlight where you can get the best shots in any of Pennsylvania’s parks? From the mountains and valleys of Worlds End State Park to the refreshing riverside of the Delaware Water Gap, there are so many spots to capture and post for all your followers to enjoy!
A charming water feature is always an excellent spot for a picture. Whether the park you’re visiting has a historic fountain, a babbling brook, or a raging waterfall, find a safe place to capture the majesty. Many of Pennsylvania’s parks feature beautiful waterfalls due to our lush landscape and bountiful rivers and streams. The best time to capture waterfalls is in the spring when the snowmelt is complete and water levels are higher, which makes for more powerful falls. Delaware Water Gap is home to the state’s largest waterfall, Raymondskill Falls. This three-tiered waterfall is just a few feet shorter than Niagara Falls and easily accessible by a .3-mile trail.
Wide-open spaces make for some of the most stunning photographs. Pennsylvania’s parks offer a variety of terrain, but open spaces are some of the most breathtaking. Even smaller, local parks offer beautiful vistas that seem to reach out into the great unknown but are practically right outside your door. Sweeping open spaces with singular trees or a far-off treeline are great spots for sunsets or sunrises. They’re also ideal for photographers to bring their subjects for a session on sunny days!
Perhaps nothing is more rewarding than hiking up a mountain and capturing the view from the top. Why else would so many people do it? Pennsylvania is home to the Allegheny Mountains, the Pocono Mountains, as well as part of the Appalachian Mountains. There are numerous high points to discover in the Keystone State with the highest of them being Mount Davis standing at 3,213 feet in the southern part of Pennsylvania. Many high points do require a bit of work to get to, but the payoff is always worth it especially on a clear day!
Because Pennsylvania is in the Northeast where we get to enjoy all four seasons, there’s no limit to lush landscapes throughout the state. Spring gifts us with beautiful blooms both native and cultivated while fall sets our forests ablaze with stunning colors – all of which are perfectly Instagrammable. Instead of taking your next profile pic against a backdrop of fake flowers at your local crafts store, head to your local park to discover its natural beauty. As an example, the Malcolm Gross Rose Garden in Allentown is home to a variety of roses and other species that bloom during June and July. Another gem is Raccoon Creek State Park where more than 500 native species of plants blossom!
No matter what your vision is, there’s a spot to satisfy it in Pennsylvania’s parks. You don’t have to go very far to get the perfect shot with so many Instagrammable places available! Don’t forget to check our Park Finder to start planning your photoshoot, and tag @goodforpa on Instagram to show us your adventures!