Offering a famous view of the Atlanta skyline, the Jackson Street Bridge was built as part of the interchange between the Downtown Connector and what’s now called Freedom Parkway. To capture the stunning views, photographers have been setting up their tripods on the bridge since the 1960s. Within the past few years, however, there's another reason why the bridge is heavily trafficked by onlookers. The popularity of AMC’s post-apocalyptic horror series, “The Walking Dead,” has turned the bridge into a tourist attraction since it was featured in the show's 2010 premiere.
Fans of "The Walking Dead" are sure to recognize the view from the Jackson Street Bridge as the main image in the season one promotional poster. The poster, although altered for effect, portrays the downtown Atlanta skyline where lead character Rick Grimes rides into the city on a horse. One of the most popular cable television programs of all time, Walking Dead lovers continue to visit the bridge several times a week on the Atlanta Movie Tours' Big Zombie 1 tour. The tour, which runs from 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., currently focuses on various locations throughout the city from Season 1 and Season 5 of the show.
You can experience the hospital where Rick woke up from his coma, as well as the house Morgan and his little boy first met Rick, Daryl & Carol’s bridge, the tank scene that started it all, and much more.
Tour Walking Dead sites throughout Atlanta starting off on the Jackson Street Bridge:
Cover image: "Hotlanta from Jackson Street Bridge" by Mike Boening Photography is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0.