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Best North Carolina Interactive Vacations - See Where the Hunger Games Were Filmed - Train and Compete

Updated on March 27, 2012
DuPont State Forest near Hendersonville and Brevard NC.
DuPont State Forest near Hendersonville and Brevard NC. | Source

A Lighter Look at Hunger Games and Its Filming

The Hunger Games earned $155 Million in its first weekend in American and Canadian theaters, placing third for all-time high total first weekend take, and first in non-sequel openings.The box office was about $214½ Million worldwide.

Scores of articles and media news reports have discussed the fun and the dark truth of the story, but an unexpected event happened. Hundreds of people are traveling to North Carolina to see the on-location filming sports for the movie. property owners are stunned, but Hunger Games Fan Tours offers day-trip and weekend excursions to the waterfalls and other places relevant in Transylvania County NC. These tours include movie foods, Tribute Training, the Games and actual prizes for winners. The North Carolina State Division of Tourism is offering 4-day package tours.

Filmmakers and media pundits did not expect the film to hit home with so MANY teens and adults, not did they plan on the added economic boost to North Carolina. The Hunger Games are a big hit all around, especially if, after the hubbub dies down, kids and adults look at the serious aspects of the dangers preying on preteens and teenagers every day and take action against these issues with the help of parents and others who care.

Bridal Veil Falls
Bridal Veil Falls | Source
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WHAT TO SEE IN NORTH CAROLINA

I love North Carolina because of its climate and attractions, as well as for the awesome people I have met there. Another favorite memory is purchasing my first set of arrows and a bow manufactured by the Cherokee Nation in that state. given the rise of The Hunger Games, I am moved to stop thinking about purchasing another set and to actually do it. Regardless, nearly two dozen other films have been shot in North Carolina, from Forrest Gump to the sinister Hannibal.

Charlotte NC is the Capitol

North Carolina has lent of other things to see related to the on-location filming spots for the film. Charlotte NC was used as the capital city of the North American Continent that is renamed Panem (from the Latin for "bread and circuses") after humanity has nearly destroyed the Earth. Many scenes with the Tributes of the movie were shot in Charlotte at the Knight Theater.

Hildebran NC Is District 12

Another location in the film is Henry River Mill Village near Hildebran, east of Asheville NC on Interstate 40. This village was used as District 12, the poorest coal mining district in Panem and home to Katniss Everdean. It is reminiscent of the Ozarks-Appalachian type of setting of Winter's Bones, in which Jennifer Lawrence (Katniss) starred. Approximately two dozen buildings at the village from a ghost town complete with Company Store that looks very much like the West Virginia coal mining towns I have seen in my travels. Lonely, desolate and always in disrepair, these towns are made up of smaller pole buildings or trailers, with a school, a bar, and a church each housed in its own trailer -- Sad and forlorn, creepy and full of poverty.

DuPont State Forest in the Asheville Watershed Is the Arena

This watershed is the location of the types of old growth forest trees that were needed for the filming. Additional prop trees were built, "planted" and blown up for the film. Much of the watershed is blocked to visitors, but you may be able to get close enough for pictures, and other forests nearby that are similar are open to the public. Bridal Veil Falls and Triple Falls in this Park are relevant. Travel packages are available from the references links below and include Zip Lines training, competitions, and many more options.

Shelby NC

This is the town in which the Reaping scenes were shot.

References

  • City of Asheville NC at www.ashevillenc.gov
  • Explore Asheville NC at http://www.exploreasheville.com/ -- win a Hunger Games Vacation Package. Seven (7) different travel packages are offered. Learn about the films shot in NC and the ghost stories still told in the Blue Ridge Mountains.
  • NC Division of Tourism -- 12 Ways to Experience The Hunger Games. http://www.visitnc.com/journeys/articles/what-s-new-in-nc/1/12-places-to-experience-the-hunger-games
  • Reuters, Inc. at http://in.reuters.com/article/2012/03/26/boxoffice-idINDEE82O08420120326

Charlotte NC is "The Capitol" in Panem

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A markerCharlotte NC -
Charlotte, NC, USA
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Tribute Interviews at the Capitol.

B markerHenry River Mill Village, Hildebran NC -
Hildebran, NC, USA
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District 12 in the film. FOR SALE. PRICE TAG: $1,400,000.

C markerShelby NC -
Shelby, NC, USA
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The Reaping.

D markerDuPont State Forest near Brevard -
Dupont State Forest, Hendersonville, NC 28739, USA
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Home of Triple Falls, "E" below.

E markerTriple Falls NC -
Triple Falls, Little River, NC, USA
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An important refuge for a wounded Tribute youth in the film.

F markerBridal Veil Falls NC -
Bridal Veil Falls, Nantahala National Forest, Highlands, NC, USA
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Trees explode here and Katniss's jacket catches fire.

Looking Glass Falls
Looking Glass Falls | Source
Downtown Asheville
Downtown Asheville | Source

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    • Patty Inglish, MS profile image
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      Patty Inglish 3 years ago from North America

      I hope the next installment in the film series is just as awesome - it looks to be fantastic!

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      Jason Matthews 3 years ago from North Carolina

      Awesome Hub!

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      Patty Inglish 5 years ago from North America

      It is gorgeous and a state I never want to leave once I enter for vacations. Thanks for taking the time to comment here and I hope you visit the locations I mentioned - like the ghost town property. Of course the mountains!

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      Claudette Coleman Carter 5 years ago from Media, Pennsylvania

      I enjoyed the information within this hub because I try to visit North Carolina at least every year. Their are so many beautiful locations within this state, its attributes are never ending. Last year we were in the mountains in Waynesville, North Carolina. The mountain ranges were breathtaking. Keep up the good work about articles on this great state.

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      Patty Inglish 5 years ago from North America

      I've been to these places, except the ghost town and have always loved to visit NC. Hope you get to travel there.

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      Oyewole Folarin 5 years ago from Lagos

      Having learned a lot from this hub, it is now very important we pay a visit to this awesome location to see all about the site. Thanks for enlightening us the more.

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      breakfastpop 5 years ago

      I probably will be visiting North Carolina soon as my daughter's in-laws live in Charlotte and we have been invited to their home. Thanks for all the information. I'm looking forward to the trip even more now. Up and useful.

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      Kelly Umphenour 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Very cool! I had to leave the movie early so I didn't even make it to the part where these scenes were shown. I was so wondering how they would manage to film a location such as in the story! This makes me even more excited to be able to go see the other half:) beautiful photos - I bet my kids would love to go there also!

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 5 years ago from Western NC

      I live about 30 mins from DuPont and frequently go mountain biking there. It's a beautiful, beautiful place. We've even camped there a time or two just to take it all in. As soon as I saw "North Carolina" in the title, I knew I had to stop by!

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      cookies4breakfast 5 years ago from coastal North Carolina

      This is a really interesting hub! I'm a North Carolina native, and I'm totally in love with my state. While a part of me is proud that so many people want to visit, another part of me wants to keep my home state from being further overrun with tourists and commercialism-especially my beloved mountains. It's a tough one!