You can now explore District 12 on your next vacation! Looks like there are a number of different Hunger Games activities and tours going on in North Carolina these days. Check out the details below!
If exploring a dystopian version of Appalachia and reliving scenes where teenages fight each other to the death sounds like your bag, you can now visit Panem and participate in the games thanks to a “Hunger Games Fan Tour,” the work of fan experience coordinator Leigh Trapp and Tammy Hopkins of the Transylvania County Arts Council in Transylvania County, North Carolina.
The tours take place in DuPont National Forest in North Carolina, where several scenes from the movie were filmed. For $79 a pop, aspiring Katniss Everdeens can practice their orienteering, face painting and other survival skills in the woods to help them survive the Games, or other apocalyptic survival situations. If they’re willing to shell out a bit more ($389), fans can even participate in an “adventure weekend” including archery, a grand movie-style feast, a mock “lottery” where campers are separated into the various districts of Panem, and a mock Hunger Games tournament (during which the guides promise no actual fighting to the death).
In the abandoned Henry River Mill VIllage in nearby Hildebrand, fans can see the Everdeen family home in the Seam area of District 12 and the Mellark family bakery. Not too far away in Shelby, where the Reaping and other areas of District 12 were held in local warehouses, the town’s residents, according to the North Carolina Tourism Board, can regale you with stories of their close encounters with Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth. More Hunger Games sites are listed on a special section of VisitNC.com. And to travelers heading in that direction, may the odds be ever in your favor.