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Lights, Camera…. Georgia!

 

What do The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, The Walking Dead and Forrest Gump all have in common? They all filmed in Georgia! And, since these productions shot mostly on location in Georgia rather than on a studio lot, it's remarkably easy to visit the real-life locations. So, pack up your car and follow us across the state to visit some of the most iconic Georgia film locations!

The moment you pull into the small town of Senoia – even though it is a clean and tidy downtown free of zombies, a tire barricade and debris filling the streets – you know you’re in the fictional town of Woodbury. Your first stop will have to be to The Woodbury Shoppe, which is the go-to location for The Walking Dead memorabilia and fan gear. There’s even a small museum of props from the set downstairs, and The Waking Dead Café is right next door for a zombie-themed drink or snack. If you’re hungry for a bite to eat, stop in Nic and Norman’s, a Southern eatery, owned by producer, director and special effects master Greg Nicotero and fan favorite Norman Reedus (“Daryl Dixon”).

Senoia isn’t just the site of film locations in The Walking Dead series, many movies have also been filmed in the charming little town. Bronze plaques, like the Hollywood Stars, are set within the brickwork of Senoia’s city sidewalks, honoring the film and television shows that filmed there.

Tree-lined sidewalks and historic homes create the sought-after film location that is Covington, Georgia. For many, Covington is a destination that incites passion, adventure and a lust for blood. Why? Because Covington has become “the Vampire capital of the world” after The Vampire Diaries and the spin-off show The Originals both filmed there. As you walk along the streets of downtown, you will immediately be transported to Mystic Falls, Virginia, the setting for The Vampire Diaries. The Mystic Grill, a restaurant inspired by the show, is the perfect spot for a vampire-themed meal. Take a guided tour of filming locations with Mystic Falls Tours. They give guests unrivaled access to the filming locations of The Vampire Diaries from the first season to the final season.

To some, Covington will look a whole lot like Hazzard County from Dukes of Hazzard. That’s because in 1978 the show filmed five episodes there, primarily on the historic town square. While there, channel the Duke boys as you hunt out all of the Dukes of Hazzard film locations, but don’t get too carried away – we don’t want anyone getting hurt trying to slide across a car hood.

Rolling hills, winding rivers, an intact Victorian-era district and a lively downtown make Rome, Georgia, a perfect location for film. Allegiant, Identity Thief, Sweet Home Alabama and more have all used Rome as the backdrop. Visit the iconic Oak Hill & Martha Berry Museum to get a glimpse of Reese Witherspoon’s home in Sweet Home Alabama. it is open to the public for tours Monday through Saturday. Next, visit a place many consider one of the most beautiful cemeteries in the nation, Myrtle Hill Cemetery. This historic cemetery overlooks downtown Rome and is a must-see for any film tour as it had a starring role in the high-octane thriller Need for Speed. If you’re visiting Rome in November, make sure to check out the Rome International Film Festival (RIFF), northwest Georgia’s signature film festival event. The event is held at Rome’s historic DeSoto Theater, which was built in 1927 as the first cinema in the Southeastern United States to screen films with sound.  

No matter where you go in Georgia, from the Blue Ridge Mountains to the marshes on the Coast, there are endless film locations that you can see up close and personal. The more you explore Georgia's booming entertainment industry, and walk in the footsteps of your favorite characters and stars, it becomes easy to see why so many film and television productions love to call Georgia home.  

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