North Carolina, where 'Hunger Games' was filmed, getting ready for fan tourism
By Martha Waggoner, The Associated Press | Associated Press – Wed, Mar 21, 2012
RALEIGH, N.C. - Fans of "The Hunger Games" are already turning up in North Carolina, seeking out places where the movie was shot, from old-growth forests to an abandoned mill town.
And the tourism industry is prepared to cash in on them, with everything from hotel packages and zip lines tours, to re-enactments of scenes from the film and lessons in survival skills.
But fans are already coming. "I'm getting too many visitors," said the property owner, Wade Shepherd, 83, who hasn't read "The Hunger Games."
"Day and night, they're driving through, taking pictures, getting out and walking. I'm just bombarded with people."
Wife and I planned on visiting Transylvania County and the Mt. Pisgah area on our road trip in May. Now I'm thinking I might go to some of the waterfall areas in southern Virginia/northern North Carolina instead, rather than get caught up in the herd of fellow tourists.
1. There are some gorgeous places that the fans won't be going anywhere
near You are welcome to PM me....we are very familiar with the area...one question-- are you planning on spending one or two nights in Asheville? (recommended!) Two movies fans have "forgotten about" that show scenery from western NC are "Dirty Dancing" (Lake Lure), and "Last of the Mohicans" (Lake James, Chimney Rock, Lake Lure area, Asheville, and the Biltmore Estate).
Here is a cool webcam of Chimney Rock...it's indescribably gorgeous up there, and designed for the non-outdoorsy person to visit...even the tourist friendly "climb" or I think there's an elevator? I can't remember....we have been there countless times.
Please PM me; We love that area, and there is no reason for you to change your plans drastically...for the most part, the fans are going to be in Cleveland Co, and unless you have a burning desire to see Shelby, there isn't much reason to go.