Shot on location in the Blue Ridge Mountains near Asheville, the film adaptation of Suzanne Collins’ “The Hunger Games,” opened in theatres in spring of 2012 to wild reviews.
If you’re a fan of the series – books, film, or both – you owe it to yourself to visit “District 12” – the Blue Ridge mountain region of Appalachia, just outside Asheville!
Dupont State Forest
DuPont State Forest was the perfect deadly backdrop for the arena scenes in The Hunger Games – and it’s the perfect beautiful backdrop to any outdoor visit to the Asheville area. Tour Dupont State Forest and take a hike to some of the locations in the film such as Triple and Hooker Falls, which were used to great advantage in the movie.
While the actual filming location remains closed to the public, there is a way to catch a view of the iconic North Fork Reservoir, which played home to the Cornucopia and some of the Arena scenes. Just north of town on the Blue Ridge Parkway is the Craggy Gardens Visitor Center. You can see the reservoir from here and the center serves as a good trail head for a number of beautiful hikes.
Coleman Boundary / Big Ivy Forest
Known as the Coleman Boundary by locals, Big Ivy Forest is in the heart of the Pisgah National Forest. Big Ivy was used as a backdrop for some of the District 12 hunting scenes and, though the cave Katniss and Peeta use for shelter was all Hollywood, Corner Rock on Big Ivy made up the rest of the scene.
Henry River Mill Village
Used for the Seam areas in District 12, Henry River Mill Village is an abandoned, company-mill town located about an hour east of Asheville. Yes, the Mellarks’ Bakery building is here – but please respect that the town is private property and that abandoned buildings can be dangerous.
What The Stars Did During the Filming of Hunger Games in Asheville
During the filming of The Hunger Games, the cast and crew stayed in Asheville – what did they do while here? Things you might enjoy, as well!
- Ziplining: Navitat Canopy Adventures
- Ziplining: Asheville Zipline Canopy Adventures
- Whitewater Rafting: Wildwater Rafting
Of course, they also shopped, ate, enjoyed the nightlife of Asheville, and slept well at local lodging. Whether you’re here want to see the filming locations of The Hunger Games in Asheville, NC or other reasons, North Lodge on Oakland would love to be your choice for lodging. Consider us your home away from home while in the area – you won’t regret it.