North Carolina Lures Hunger Games Fans

Christine Crowley By Christine Crowley, 27th Mar 2012 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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The Hunger Games fans are being lured to North Carolina - where the movie was filmed.

North Carolina Lures The Hunger Games Fans

The young stars of "The Hunger Games" may remember the blockbuster movie as the one that propelled their careers to the next level. But the biggest star of the "The Hunger Games" may well turn out to be the state of North Carolina.

With $152.5 million opening weekend at the box office, the movie based on the New York Times bestseller by Suzanne Collins had the third best opening weekend of all time (and the best ever opening for a non-sequel), according to Hollywood.com. And its frenzied fans are already showing up at movie locations around the state to see where scenes were shot.

"People are obsessed with 'The Hunger Games,' " says Marnee Revri, a Raleigh-based travel agent affiliated with Frosch Entertainment, who booked travel for the movie's cast and crew and blogged about it. "I think there will be a bigger interest in people coming to visit, the same as the 'Twilight' movies. Kids are going to want to (see) where it was filmed."

Many scenes were filmed in the woods of DuPont State Forest, a 10,400-acre wilderness where waterfalls, lakes and fishing streams made ideal settings for the movie's outdoor scenes. Fans are likely to follow forest trails in search of character Katniss Everdeen's pond, the bottom of Triple Falls waterfall and the remnants of the fireball sequence. A hike to Hooker Falls, Triple Falls and High Falls is part of the Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy's eight-hike challenge. Rated "easy," the 2.6-mile waterfall hike has an elevation gain of 160 feet. Several scenes were shot at the base of Bridal Veil Falls.

It's true that the abandoned Henry River Mill Village, about 70 miles from Asheville in the small town of Hildebran, was home to the film's "District 12" Mellark family bakery and the Everdeens' shanty. But it's private property -- so just look as you're driving by --and respect any "No Trespassing" signs.

Parents of tweens and teens on this movie tour, take note. The movie's stars spent their after-work hours in Asheville, a town you'll enjoy independent of your child's movie obsession. With its funky architecture, independent spirit and thriving restaurant and brewing scene, artsy Asheville didn't need a movie to confirm its tourist appeal. Actors reportedly dined at the Laughing Seed Café, Lexington Avenue Brewery, Wasabi and the Southern Kitchen and Bar. They also stopped by Malaprop's Bookstore/Café, the local independent bookseller.

Cast member Woody Harrelson enjoyed the 46-foot rock-climbing wall at the U.S. National Whitewater Center in Charlotte, which served as the capitol in the film. Woody Harrelson also enjoyed playing chess with locals at Amélie's French bakery in Charlotte.

North Carolina has much to offer you no matter what your interests. Happy traveling!

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Dupont State Forest, Filming Of The Hunger Games, Movies, North Carolina, The Hunger Games

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author avatar Delicia Powers
6th Apr 2012 (#)

Thanks Christine!

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author avatar Md Rezaul Karim
31st May 2012 (#)

Lovely share. Thank you Christine.

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author avatar Christine Crowley
31st May 2012 (#)

You are welcome!

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