Looking to get those extra Instagram likes?

With its splendid scenery, York County already provides a gorgeous backdrop for all your Instagram adventures. Still, the landscape takes on an even greater ethereal beauty when the sun rises over the river or sets over a bountiful orchard.

Being in the right spot at the right time is the key to capturing an image that includes the full beauty of the moment. Luckily, we've talked to local Instagrammers, photographers and York County residents who shared a few of their favorite spots to snap a photo at dusk and dawn.

Take a look at some of these amazing shots, then head out to take your own Instagram-worthy photo! 

Gifford Pinchot State Park

Sunset at a Lake Gifford Pinchot State Park in York, PA 

York County local Abul Hasan, has found this picturesque state park to be an excellent spot for taking photos. The lake provides a gorgeous reflection of the changing sky as the sun dips below the horizon.

Urey Overlook 

Urey Overlook in York, PA

Found along the Mason-Dixon Trail, this scenic overlook not far from Otter Creek Campground offers a stunning panoramic view from the western side of the Susquehanna River. That makes it an ideal spot to photograph the sun as it inches up over the river. Bob Callebert took this gorgeous shot of the riverlands still draped in early-morning shadows.

Brown's Orchard & Farm Market

Brown's Sunset Instagram

You don't have to go far off the beaten path to take stunning photos in York County. This shot was taken right from the parking lot of Brown's Orchards & Farm Markets. You'll be treated to sweeping views of the orchard that supplies the market with fresh fruit.

Reservoir Park

Reservoir Park Overview in York, PA 

Reservoir Park, a former reservoir that has since been covered, provides a beautiful view of York's skyline. In fact, it might be the best view of the city around. If you walk around the circumference of the building in the reservoir, you can find a beautiful view of the sky behind the trees, as well as over the City of York.

Codorus State Park

Dog Jumping in Lake During Sunset at Codorus State Park in York, PA 

This incredible photo was taken during the Codorus Blast summer festival in 2012, and its beauty still resonates years later. For a good view looking west, park by the bandshell.


Instagram Sunset

With the Susquehanna River as its neighbor, Wrightsville is one of the most picturesque small towns in York County. Whether you decide to stay close to the banks of the river or wander up the winding roads for a bird's eye view of the Susquehanna, your Instagram shots are sure to be breathtaking. Alex from Wanderlust Marriage captured this stunning picture along the Mason-Dixon Hiking trail where it meets the Highpoint Scenic Vista. You can read more about his visit to York County here

Lake Williams

Lake Williams in York, PA 

York County Communications Director Mark Walters captured this pretty image of Lake Williams from William H. Kain County Park. The 220-acre lake and the surrounding flora offer prime Instagramming opportunities.

Allegro Winery 

Allegro Instagram

Beauty can be found even in the winter. Here, the sun casts its brilliant rays through the bare vines at Allegro Winery. The owners of Allegro suggest snapping your shots from Vineyard Road near their Stewartstown location. You can find more beautiful settings to enjoy a drink along the Good Libations Trails

Maple Lawn Farm

Aerial View of Maple Lawn Farms in York, PA 

A drive through the scenic countryside of York County takes you to Maple Lawn Farm, home to a winery, epic corn maze, peach and apple orchards and a prolific pumpkin patch just inviting you to visit in the fall. You're sure to find some scenery worth a photo here and in the surrounding area.

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