Most Instagrammable Places in Rowan County (NC)

Rowan County boasts endless photo ops. Whether it’s a glamour shot, family photo, or just a gorgeous landscape, Rowan County is your place to capture #travelphotos. We’ve gathered a dozen of the most Instagrammable spots in Rowan. Where’s your favorite spot?


Largest Community Barn Quilt in the U.S.

West Rowan Farm, Home and Garden
11575 NC-801, Mt Ulla, NC 28125

This photo op stop is the gem of the Rowan County barn quilt trail. As the largest community barn quilt in the United States, it has become quite the attention getter in the western part of the county. If you visit on a Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. you can catch their weekly cruise-ins and on every Saturday and on summer Sunday nights, you can partake or watch their Bluegrass Musician Jam from 5 to 8 p.m. The store also hosts Community Ice Cream Socials on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sunday nights in the summer and fall. So put West Rowan Farm, Home & Garden in your GPS and come see this truely rural wonder. Learn More.


Crossroads: Past into Present Mural

View it from atop Go Burrito’s Rumbar
115 W. Fisher St., Salisbury, NC 28144

One of Salisbury and Rowan County’s most famous attractions. This mural painted by Salisbury native, Cynvia Arthur Rankin, features an original look at turn-of-the-century Downtown Salisbury. There are over 100 local citizens dressed in period costumes represented in the mural. The mural has appeared nationally on NBC and featured numerous times in area newspapers, national publications, magazines and brochures.


On Cloud Nine with the Angel Wings

The Holy Grind
819 South Main Street, China Grove, NC 28023

This angelic coffee shop has several beautiful angel wings painted on the side of their buildling which were painted by Linda Gibson of McGrady, North Carolina. It’s a charming spot to grab a fresh cup o’ Joe and reflect on your day. The Holy Grind has a prayer group every Tuesday night at 7 p.m.


Walk the Rails*

Historic Salisbury Station
215 Depot St, Salisbury, NC 28144

*Now, please do not “actually” walk the railroad tracks for safety reasons. But snapping a photo near the railroad tracks is a popular trend for weddings, senior photos, train enthusiasts, or just for fun! Always be mindful of possibe passing trains. You can often not hear the trains on the track so remember to always look AND listen in both directions. If taking a photo near the tracks in downtown Salisbury, stop by and visit the Historic Salisbury Station which was a site for Hollywood movie ‘Leatherheads’ starring George Clooney, Renee Zellweger, and John Krasinski.


Farm Up Some Fun

Patterson Farm Market & Tours
10390 Caldwell Rd, Mt Ulla, NC 28125

This is THE agritourism destination in Rowan County, North Carolina! It’s the perfect attraction for a family afternoon outting or simply to just pick up some fresh produce from their market. Tour the barnyard, feed the animals, hop aboard and enjoy a wagon ride, and much more! If visiting during the spring, be sure to pick-your-own strawberries from their fields. During the fall try your hand navigating the corn maize and pick a pumpkin.


Planes, Trains & Automobiles

NC Transportation Museum
1 Samuel Spencer Dr, Spencer, NC 28159

Every year, thousands of families flock to this attraction for unforgettable experiences. Its 60 acre site is filled with immersive exhibits and special events. Take a 25-minute train ride, enjoy the museum’s Fire Truck Festival, DAY OUT WITH THOMAS, or take THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride. No matter the time of year, there’s something for all to enjoy.


Soak Up the History

Dr. Joseph Hall House
226 S Jackson St, Salisbury, NC 28144

Built in 1820 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Dr. Josephus Hall House was originally constructed as classrooms for the Salisbury Female Academy (1820-1825). The house was purchased in 1972 by Historic Salisbury Foundation and today serves as a museum open the the public. Visit during the holiday season and tour the house when it is decked to the hilt with festive decor.


Capture a Purr-fect Photo

Tiger World
4400 Cook Rd, Rockwell, NC 28138

This nonprofit animal conservation and educational center is dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation, and preservation of exotic animals. Capture a photo during one of their Carnivore Feeding Safari Tours or simply enjoy a leisurely self guided tour. They have animals from five continents (Africa, Asia, Australia and North & South American), and they even have a rare Timbavati White Lion named Michael.


Brew Up Good Times

New Sarum Brewing Company – 109 N Lee St, Salisbury, NC 28144
Morgan Ridge Railwalk Brewery & Restaurant – 421 N Lee St, Salisbury, NC 28144

That’s right folks! Both of these local breweries are located in historic Downtown Salisbury, only 3 blocks from each other. Tour them both during your visit and be sure to snap a photo of not only their beer but also their food!


Take a Refreshing Dip

Riverpark at Cooleemee Falls
645 Erwin Temple Church Rd, Woodleaf, NC 27054

Known locally as “The Bullhole”, this impressive stone water dam features a sandy beach and good fishing in spring and fall. Bring your swimming suit and enjoy an afternoon dip. Take precaution as there is no lifeguard and the granite bedrock bottom can often be slippery due to moss growing. There are nearby wooded trails for hiking and picnic tables and benches. Restrooms are located near the main parking area.


Sensational Sunsets

Dunn’s Mountain Park
1740 Dunns Mountain Rd, Salisbury, NC 28146

If scenic views are your thing, the best spot in Rowan County is by far the view from atop Dunn’s Mountain. From this vantage point you can take in all the splendor of Rowan.

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