Experience The Walking Dead in Georgia

The Walking Dead Live in GA

It’s safe to say that AMC’s zombie show, “The Walking Dead,” is one of the most epic TV productions to date and probably the industry’s most exciting success story.

Based on Robert Kirkman’s comic-book series of the same name, the TV Project was initially rejected by several major networks before it was picked up by AMC in 2010. What happened after that was pure magic! The Walking Dead (TWD) went from a mere six-episode trial series to the most-watched drama in basic-cable history. So, it’s no surprise, then, that millions of people vacation in Georgia to catch a glimpse at all the famous locations where the hit show was filmed.

TWD Pilgrimage Guide

Since the show is shot mostly on location in Georgia, it’s extremely easy to hop in a car and visit each of the sites that make up the apocalyptic playground. To help you out, we’ve created an easy-to-follow pilgrimage guide to some of the show’s most popular sites.

1) THE OPENING SCENE
3930-3934 CASCADE PALMETTO HIGHWAY
FAIRBURN, GA 30213

Loyal Walking Dead fans will immediately recognize this intersection as the first thing you see in the first ever episode. Goose bumps, anyone?

2) HARRISON MEMORIAL HOSPITAL
2370 BOLTON ROAD NORTHWEST
ATLANTA, GA 30318

Because of how well this scene was done, you’d never know that the “hospital” where Rick wakes up is actually the Atlanta Mission building. So, not a hospital at all! Job well done, TWD set crew.

Georgia Cityscape3) RICK’S HOUSE
817 CHEROKEE AVENUE SOUTHEAST
ATLANTA, GA 30315

After leaving the hospital, Rick steals a bike and peddles home to realize it’s been abandoned, setting in motion his quest to find his family. The real-life house is actually located right across the street from Grant Park and the zoo. It was empty and for sale at the time of the shooting, but is no longer on the market. Some lucky new homeowner is now the envy of many TWD fans.

4) RICK’S RIDE INTO ATLANTA
FREEDOM PKWY
ATLANTA, GA 30312

This iconic scene, shot from Jackson Street Bridge, had its fair share of CGI effects; but Rick’s sullen ride on horseback into the abandoned, zombie-ridden Atlanta is still one of the coolest shots of the series.

5) THE “CDC”
2800 COBB GALLERIA PKWY
ATLANTA, GA 30339

The show wasn’t given permission to use the exterior of the real CDC (how rude!), so they used the Cobb Energy Center instead and shot interior scenes mostly at the Georgia World Congress Center.

Bird House Barn6) HERSHEL’S FARM
531 CHESTLEHURST ROAD
SENOIA, GA 30276

This farmhouse, owned by Hershel and his family, was the survivor’s home base for much of Season 2 and brought with it heaps of drama and tragedy. RIP zombie barn.

7) THE PRISON
600 CHESTLEHURST ROAD
SENOIA, GA 30276

And we’re back to being disappointed by the illusions of the show. Unfortunately, the prison was actually a soundstage on the back lot at Raleigh Studios. Worst of all, access is prohibited. Anyways, no need to dwell… on to the next location! 

8) ESCO FEED MILL
23 LINE CREEK ROAD
SENOIA, GA 30276

First seen in the series credits, this weathered mill is home to some pretty awesome action-packed scenes throughout Season 3. Even better, you can actually take an interactive tour of the town and reenact what went down there.

9) WOODBURY
1 MAIN STREET
SENOIA, GA 30276

Woodbury Townhall in GAThere is an actual Woodbury, Georgia, but oddly enough, it wasn’t the location for these Walking Dead scenes. The fictional Woodberry in Season 3 was actually filmed in the small town of Senoia, GA.

10) TERMINUS
793 WINDSOR STREET SOUTHWEST
ATLANTA, GA 30315

The Terminus we came to know and fear at the end of Season 4 and the beginning of Season 5 is set at a train yard near a metal manufacturing plant. “Sanctuary for all. Community for all.” Liars!

11) Alexandria Safe Zone 
132 MORGAN STREET
SENOIA, GA 30276

This safe zone is located in an actual development known as the Gin Property in Senoia, GA., and people actually live there—for real! It was specifically built by Scott Tigchelaar, the president of Raleigh Studios Atlanta, to be used as a live set, so there is an understanding between the residents and the filming crew. Another cool fact: the location is literally right on the other side of the train tracks from another iconic Walking Dead setting: Woodbury. Weird!

THE “BIG ZOMBIE” TOURS

ATLANTA MOVIE TOUR RETAIL SHOP
327 NELSON ST SW
ATLANTAS, GA 303132

If you aren’t much of a do-it-yourselfer, this local tour offers just what you need to get your TWD fix.

Begin your “Big Zombie” Tour at Atlanta Movie Tours Retail Shop in Castleberry Hill, located right down the street from Jackson Street Bridge, where the scene with Rick riding on horseback into Atlanta was filmed. From there, you’ll be taken to all of the major filming locations, where a local guide will divulge all the behind the scenes stories and secrets!

Walking Dead Tours
Atlanta, Georgia
30301

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