The wild success of The Hunger Games is a boon for tourism in North Carolina where the movie was filmed. Fans are already showing up on locations ranging from forests to abandoned factory towns, with tour companies offering re-enactments, survival skills lessons, zip line excursions and hotel packages-
It was filmed entirely in North Carolina, from the mountains, where fake trees were planted, filled with propane and blown up, to Charlotte, which served as the Capitol from the story — the seat of power where the teens are sent for training.
Also prominently featured in the movie is the Henry River Mill Village near Hildebran, about 70 miles from Asheville, which was the setting for District 12, home of the three main characters, Katniss, Peeta and Gale. [...]
For more adventurous visitors, a company called Hunger Games Fan Tours offers day and weekend trips to waterfalls and other spots in Transylvania County. As part of the tour, actors re-enact some of the scenes shot there, and guests are served food described in the story. Participants also learn survival skills like archery, camouflage, fire-building, how to use a slingshot and how to walk quietly in the forest. The tour even includes a competition — only instead of the loser dying, the winner gets a prize.
Prices are $79 for the day tour, or $389 for the weekend trip, with an overnight stay and a nighttime zip line tour in homage to the characters who jumped through trees. The tour will take guests to Triple Falls, where the character Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) hides after he’s injured, and to the woods around Bridal Veil Falls, where fake trees exploded and the jacket worn by Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) catches fire.
Our reader Alex sent in these pics after a February visit-
I recently went to Shelby, NC and took a few pictures at the P&M warehouse where they filmed some of the movie. Unfortunately, I was there when the film had already wrapped but some construction workers were still in the process of taking down a set that was built for the film.