If you are looking for some of the sweet spots in our area to test your photography skills, here are a few of our photo dream locations!
West Virginia Wesleyan College
Located right in the heart of our charming small town, WVWC boasts beautiful Georgian architecture with both historic and modern buildings. But the big fountain on Camden Avenue and the Wesley Chapel are the photo draws! The classic photo of the flowing fountain with the chapel in the backdrop is a must post for your Instagram account. The smaller fountain on College Avenue is lit with various colors at night. Most miss the small statuette of Katherine Johnson of “Hidden Figures” fame who studied at Wesleyan and achieved NASA success. Find that in front of the science hall. July is a great time to find those beautiful orange lilies blooming on campus to frame your perfect shot.
Waterfall on the Little Kanawha
Located beside Fidler’s Mill in the southern end of Upshur County in the community of Arlington, this is one of our favorite spots to pull out the camera. Located at the bend in the river, the falls feed a favorite swimming spot between the rocks. Especially picturesque in the fall, both the Mill and the falls can be photographed from several angles. Find the little path down to the river just beside the mill wheel for river level shots. You will also find a path leading through the woods that will put you at river level. In the winter, downstream you will find a hill frozen with water cascades If you’ve gotten this far, you might as well keep traveling to Holly River State Park for more waterfall locations. Be sure to include family and friends for a neat Facebook post.
Upshur County is the perfect center location as a jumping point to four area covered bridges. In Lewis County near Walkersville, the Big Red Covered Bridge is often surrounded by summer wildflowers. One of the remaining 16 covered bridges in West Virginia, this one is especially pretty and there is plenty of space to pull off the road to get a photo from various angles. Also, the Simpson Creek and Fletcher Covered Bridges are located in neighboring Harrison County in close distance from major highways. Simpson Creek Bridge is surrounded by hundreds of buttercups in the spring. Another neighboring county, Barbour, boasts the Philippi Covered Bridge, a two laner still in operation. Go up stream to the modern bridge and shoot back toward the historic bridge. Reflections in the water will enhance your photo. Old fashioned charm will show through in each picture of these historic bridges!