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The 5 Most Instagrammable Spots In Nevada County

Quaint historic towns. State parks filled with eye popping scenery. Crystal clear alpine lakes. There is no shortage of photogenic hotspots in Nevada County. To get you started on your photographic journey here's five of the most Instagrammable places in Nevada County.

Tips & Resources

Harvest Nevada County’s farmers markets for your Instagram worthy photo of brightly colored fruits, mouthwatering picnic items, creative artisan crafts, and more.

After you’ve gotten the “shot” immerse yourself in Nevada County’s culture and hit up one of the many weekly summer events.


By Lucy Crawford

Nevada County, California is a diverse area with plenty of opportunities for Insta-worthy photos. From Tahoe National Forest to the Grass Valley area, there is a lot to do and see all within the confines of Nevada County. Check out these Instagrammable Spots in Nevada County on your next trip to this magnificent region.

Bridgeport Covered Bridge

Bridgeport covered bridge within the South Yuba River State Park at dusk
The historic Bridgeport Bridge – Image appears courtesy: Sierra Gold Parks Foundation

This beautiful bridge was built by David Isaac John Wood in 1862 with wood from his lumber mill in Sierra County. It has an impressive mix of both arch and combination truss construction and is one of the oldest house spans in the west. The Bridgeport Covered Bridge is also the longest single-span wood-covered bridge in the United States and is a registered Historical Landmark in the state of California. The construction of the bridge itself is a great opportunity for a picture. Also try taking a photo of the bridge’s reflection in the underlying water. That’s truly a unique image!

Donner Lake

Donner Lake From McClashan Point
Image taken by: J.Smith BY CC 3.0

Located in Truckee, this beautiful freshwater lake is almost three miles long and over a half mile wide. Parts of the natural lake are over 300 feet deep as well, making it a great spot for fishing. Donner Lake has 37 public piers on its north side that provide plenty of access for beautiful pictures of the blue water and surrounding forest which borders much of the lake. You’ll find plenty of other visitors taking advantage of the swimming, boating, kayaking, paddle boarding, and rock climbing that is available all along this gorgeous lake as well.

Cascade Canal Trail

Cascade Canal Trailhead
Image appears courtesy: Bear Yuba Land Trust

If you are looking for pictures along a beautiful hiking trail in the forest, look no further than Cascade Canal Trail. Located on Banner Mountain, the trail is a nice walk that is accessible for most hiking levels. Douglas firs and dogwoods line the clean trail that snakes through the dense forest. Views of Nevada City can be seen from certain parts of the trail, making this a popular stop for anyone looking to add natural beauty to their Insta-feed.

Nevada City Farmers Market

Person selling fruits and vegetables at Farmer's Market in Nevada County
Image appears courtesy: Nevada City Chamber of Commerce

Check out all that local farmers have to offer at this popular farmers’ market located in Nevada City. Local farms that specialize in sustainable practices offer produce, honey, and meat to area customers. You’ll find wonderful vendors like Fowler Family Farm that care for many different breeds of animals in order to produce high quality meat in the region. Snap pictures of not only the beautiful vegetables but also the farmers who work so hard to bring local and healthy food to Nevada County. Can’t make it? Check out our article Farm 2 Fork – Grass Valley Farmers Market & Others In Nevada County to get the full bushel of ALL the markets happening in this neck of the woods.

South Yuba River State Park


California’s first river corridor park spans along the South Yuba River in Penn Valley. South Yuba River State Park was first established in 1986 and is home to the Independence Trail as well as many river crossings that were important in early settler life. The park is more than 22 miles long and stretches from Lake Engelbright’s Point Defiance towards the town of Washington. There are plenty of magnificent rocks and historic river crossings to make a beautiful Instagrammable picture.

That’s Not All

From state parks to covered bridges and farmer’s markets, Nevada County is full of exciting opportunities to find the perfect spot for a picture – especially for those looking to get away from the stress and congestion of big city life. Check out the history around the Bridgeport Covered Bridge as well as the many river crossings in the South Yuba River State Park. Take a hike through the Cascade Canal Trail or enjoy the water sports and view from Donner Lake. Finish off your trail through Nevada County with a visit to the Nevada City Farmer’s Market to see the heart and bounty that the region has to offer. All of these spots make up the #MostInstagrammable spots in Nevada County.

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Lucy Crawford

Lucy Crawford is a home design and DIY writer, and lover of herbal tea. With her busy hands she is always challenging herself with a new DIY project. She enjoys designing spaces where she can relax and enjoy a good book.

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