Our Favorite Selfie Spots in North Georgia

Written By: Julie Hostetter

1. Anna Ruby Falls, Helen

While clearly Helen is a selfie paradise with its German-inspired style and wonderful whimsy, we just have to say that snapping your pic in front of the glorious Anna Ruby Falls might just top them all. It’s an easy drive from downtown Helen, and the .9 mile out-and-back paved trail near Sautee Nacoochee is moderately challenging with an average 30 minutes to complete. Families and “fur parents” take note: the trail is kid-friendly, stroller friendly and dog-friendly, a perfect snap for everyone. And the view of the double waterfalls and the obligatory selfie is priceless. 3455 Anna Ruby Falls Road, Helen

2. Providence Canyon

This State Park in the city of Lumpkin is nicknamed “Georgia’s Little Grand Canyon,” and with a view from its overlook, it’s easy to see why. But this scenic marvel we owe not to Mother Nature, but to man—poor farming practices in the 1880s helped create these beautiful, rainbow-singed gullies that transcend 150 feet deep. Summer is a particularly great time to visit as the rare Plumleaf Azalea grows only in this region and blooms in July and August. Not many of man’s “mistakes” turn out this beautiful, and it is now considered one of the prettiest picture spots in the state. 8930 Canyon Road, Lumpkin

3. Brasstown Bald, Blairsville/Hiawassee

As the highest point in the state of Georgia, this is literally a selfie lover’s paradise no matter which direction you point. With panoramic mountain views at 4,784 feet above sea level and surrounded by the Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest, its cloud-level observation deck offers truly amazing 360-degree views of the Southern Appalachians. On a clear day, you can even see four states from its perch. And the visitor’s center includes an 8,000-square-foot museum that features cultural and natural history exhibits to impress your friends on trivia night. Ooh, and don’t forget a picnic basket! 2941 Hwy. 180 Spur, Hiawassee 

4. Historic Coca-Cola Painted Wall Sign, Cartersville

Coca-Cola was born in Atlanta on May 8, 1886, when Dr. John Stith Pemberton, a local pharmacist, produced the syrup for the legendary soft drink. Taste-testers lauded it as an “excellent” creation and Pemberton promptly sold it at the local pharmacy for five cents a glass, touting it as “delicious and refreshing.” And the rest, as they say, is history. Downtown Cartersville is the home to the first of its kind Coca-Cola wall ad on the side of the Young Brother’s Pharmacy. It was once buried under 25 layers of paint, until pharmacy owner Dean Cox restored the sign as it first appeared more than a century ago. Now, it’s become a favorite spot for visitors to grab a selfie with this local legend. 2 W. Main St., Cartersville 

5. Currahee Mountain, Toccoa

Part of this mountain in Toccoa is in the Chattahoochee National Forest and is a particular favorite photo op destination. Not just for the view, which is stellar, but a particular colorful addition to the rocks, which is an “eyesore” or “colorful expression” depending on the eye of the beholder. Regardless, it appears time and time again as a favorite selfie spot online, and while there have been strong efforts to clean up the rainbow of graffiti, some remains or reappears. Guests can drive right to the very top of the mountain along a narrow dirt road, which is best avoided on rainy days. You may spy rock climbers and rappelling crews, as it’s a popular sport on this mountain. Stephens County, near Toccoa

6. Old Car City USA

Established in White County in 1931, Old Car City USA is a unique 34-acre site, home to the world’s largest known classic car junkyard, which is a piece of art in its own right. Here cars, trucks, vans and even school buses slowly merge with Mother Nature, creating a place ideally suited for some pretty cool photography! There are more than 4,400 American-made cars from the 70s and older that rest on the property, which are each placed in such a way to make a stunning selfie backdrop. Admission is $20 for ages 13 and up for “Only Looking” and $30 for “Photography sessions.” Ages 7 – 12 are $10 and $15 respectively. Please note, Old Car City USA is open Tuesday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and closed on Sunday and Monday. Plan your visit at oldcarcityusa.com. 3098 HWY 411 NE, White


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