Satisfy your hunger in North Carolina
On the 3rd September the wait is over for Hunger Games fans as the movie finally hits the shelves, but nothing beats seeing the film other than visiting the location where it was all filmed, North Carolina.
Based on the wildly popular futuristic trilogy by Suzanne Collins, the state offered filming locations that resonated with the novel’s fictional settings, including a “region once known as Appalachia,” a sleek city called the Capitol, and a dramatic forest arena where the central contest for survival takes place.
Here are our must visit Hunger Games locations tips
DuPont State Recreational Forest - Welcome to the arena, a dramatic landscape of waterfalls, pines and poplars, hideaway lakes and fishing streams. Hit the trails and see if you can spot Katniss’ pond, the place where Peeta camouflaged himself and traces of the pyrotechnics from the fireball sequence. Shots of the airstrip were fashioned into the aerial view of the train speeding toward the Capitol. dupontforest.com
Henry River Mill Village - Pull off Interstate 40 at Exit 119 and drive by the abandoned Henry River Mill Village, which stands in for the Seam and the Mellark family bakery. Beware: The village is private property and posted as such, but the new Hildebran Heritage Museum can help satisfy curiosity. hildebrannc.com
Uptown Charlotte - With its urban sheen, North Carolina’s largest city presents the Capitol’s over-styled residents and the unlucky District tributes at the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center’s Knight Theater and other locations. It’s quite a show. charlottecentercity.org
Uptown Shelby - Private warehouses west of the South Lafayette Street hub accommodated the Reaping, the Hob and other District 12 sites (plus the paparazzi’s would-be perch). Visit the restaurants and shops that served the Hollywood visitors — Pleasant City Wood Fire Grill was a favourite. Ask locals about their encounters and keeping mum about Miley Cyrus’ visit to see beau Liam Hemsworth (Gale). uptownshelby.org
Navitat Canopy Tour - Rue would have loved soaring through the trees at Navitat, one of a dozen or so ziplines in Western North Carolina. In real life, Josh Hutcherson (Peeta) climbed aboard with then-girlfriend Vanessa Hudgens. Another reason to visit: Pre-games scenes with Katniss and Gale were filmed nearby at Coleman Boundary in Pisgah National Forest. navitat.com; fs.usda.gov
Downtown Asheville - Lexington Avenue Brewery, Wasabi, the Laughing Seed … there’s a long list of spots that attracted cast members during their stay in Asheville. And the trio of young stars stayed at Hotel Indigo. exploreasheville.com
Shot on locations and sets from Concord to Barnardsville with some of Hollywood’s brightest young stars, "The Hunger Games" is the highest-profile movie ever made in North Carolina and puts the state’s history, architecture and scenic beauty center stage.
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