The first film in the Hunger Games franchise introduced audiences to the world of Katniss Everdeen. Based on the bestselling book series, the movie tells the story of a dystopian universe where children are selected to participate in a fight-to-the-death competition known as The Hunger Games. DuPont State Recreational Forest, located just south of Asheville, was the location of three brief but recognizable scenes in the film.
In the first of the three scenes, Katniss has devised a strategy she believes will keep her alive. She separates herself from the other contestants, thinking that she will be better off on her own. Unfortunately, this doesn’t fit with the plans of the Gamemakers, who are manipulating the events from the Capitol. The Head Gamemaker starts a forest fire that alters Katniss’s path, reuniting her with some of her fellow competitors. This scene was filmed near the old airstrip on Camp Summit Road.
Watch Katniss flee from the forest fire:
After being burned in the fire, Katniss jumps into a pool of water. This second scene was filmed at Bridal Veil Falls. To reach the falls from the airstrip, continue down Conservation Road and turn left on Bridal Veil Falls road. The viewing area is approximately half a mile from the turnoff.
Learn some tips about visiting Bridal Veil Falls in the short video below:
In the final of the three scenes, Katniss searches for the other competitor from District 12, after the Head Gamemaker changes the rules of the game to allow more than one winner if they are from the same district. Katniss finds him hiding at the base of Triple Falls. To see his hiding place, walk across the Staton Road bridge from the Hooker Falls access area, and follow the Triple Falls Trail up the river.
To preserve its natural resources and allow visitors to enjoy its stunning scenery and recreation, the North Carolina General Assembly designated the DuPont State Forest as the state’s one and only Recreational Forest in 2011. Breathtaking waterfalls, lakes, and trails are just a few of its attractions. Activities include hiking, cycling, horseback riding, hunting, and fishing. Some permits and regulations apply. To help plan your day, stop by the Visitors Center to pick up a trail map and get advice from volunteers who know the forest well.
Cover image courtesy of the North Carolina Forest Service.