Hollywood Haunts: Hunger Games Tour
A local guide leads tours of Hunger Games hot spots
The filming of The Hunger Games last summer raked in $60 million for the local economy, and tourism folks are still banking on fans eager to get a glimpse of where the cameras rolled. Charlotte guide Scott Coggins leads daylong tours that start in the Queen City and journey to some of the most well-known spots from the blockbuster. One of the highlights is the Early Girl Eatery in Asheville, where Entertainment Weekly interviewed Josh Hutcherson, the movie’s romantic lead. “A lot of teenage girls want to sit in the exact chair where he sat,” Coggins says.
His company, Copperline Tours, keeps customers busy on the $140 adventure. They visit the deserted Henry River Mill Village in Hildebran, which served as heroine Katniss Everdeen’s hometown in the film. They discover the old cotton warehouses in Shelby where the crucial “reaping” scene—the selection of teenagers to fight to the death in the televised Hunger Games competition—was set. And they wander through DuPont State Forest near Asheville, where all of the outdoor arena scenes were filmed. Coggins will even point out the exact spot in the forest where Hutcherson’s character covered himself in leaves to hide from his competitors.