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The 5 most Instagrammable places in Forsyth County
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The Sinclair Gas Station in downtown Cumming takes you back in time with 1930s-style gas pumps. (Photo by Madison Willits)

This article appears in the November 2018 issue of 400 Life magazine.

Tis the season for rustic-colored hikes and other fall revelry, which leads to Instagram feeds filling up with dramatic photos.

But truth be told, Forsyth County looks good on the popular social media platform year-round — filter or no filter.

For this photography-themed issue, we thought up the best spots in the county to get a feed-worthy picture for your account.

Downtown Cumming parking deck

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Night-time traffic in downtown Cumming (Photo by Danielle Byrne)

OK, this one might be a little off the wall, but there’s no better place to get a bird’s-eye view of the seat of Forsyth County then on top of the multi-level parking deck between East Main Street and School Street behind the Forsyth County Administration Building. There are three perfect occasions to head to the location in particular: sunset (ooooo!), nighttime (think bright lights) and during a storm (ahhhhh!). Just, ya know, be careful.

Lake Lanier

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Local high school students look out on Lake Lanier. (Photo by Caroline Mull)

There are 692 miles of shoreline on Georgia’s largest lake, about 30 percent of which is in Forsyth County. That leaves plenty of possibilities for a feed-worthy shot. Whether on a campground or beach or out on the water, Lake Lanier shows up on feeds almost year-round. Looking for a good place to start? Consider the Lower Pool Park near Buford Dam and head for the metal bridge that crosses the Chattahoochee River. And keep an eye out for the nearby goats.

Poole’s Mill Bridge

A dedication was held for a sign in Poole’s Mill Park memorializing Welch’s Mill, which was built by Cherokee leader George Welch, on Saturday, May 5, 2018. - photo by Kelly Whitmire

Sure, residents might be tempted to head to the Roswell Mill for family photo shoots, with its wooden covered bridge and nearby dam surrounded by green forest. But, hey, Forsyth County has its own. Just head to Poole’s Mill Park. The wooden covered bridge there was built in 1901 over Settendown Creek, and on a sunny day, the light hits the lattice trusses of the bridge just right, creating a kaleidoscope of shadows that are sure to pop on the feed.

Sawnee Mountain Preserve

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Local high school students watch the sunrise on top of Sawnee Mountain. (Photo by Kaleb East)

Most metro Atlantans might assume that epic mountain-top views are only found at least as far north as Dahlonega. Forsyth County residents know better. Sawnee Mountain is named after a former local Cherokee Native American, and a trek up to the Indian Seats at the top reveals a breathtaking view of the county all the way to the summit of the Blue Ridge Mountain Range.

Cumming Cigar Shop (the former Sinclair Gas Station)

The downtown Cumming building near the Dairy Queen on Atlanta Road was once slated for demolition. Instead, the city revived the structure in 2011 to resemble how it might have looked in the 1930s when it was first built. Now, it's a cigar shop. The highlight: two vintage gas pumps from that era. Representatives from Lakewood 400 Antiques helped find them at a cost of $5,000 each. There’s no better spot for a photo that takes you back in time. Really, look closely at the pumps: the price meters don’t even have space for dollars.