The Walking Dead started as a comic book series and has become a full-on cultural phenomenon when it became an AMC television show. Between the characters and quotes, it’s totally changed the game for the Georgia film scene. There are tours, events, and even accommodations geared towards zombie-loving fans all around the state of Georgia.
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Walking Dead Filming Locations
The hit show has filmed throughout the state of Georgia, but the majority of the locations are found in Atlanta and Senoia. We haven’t included every single one, just the most popular. Some are open to visitors while others are closed. But the places mentioned here can be seen by the exterior. Just remember: no trespassing.
For the first season, much of the action takes place in downtown Atlanta and its surrounding communities. For example, when Rick enters the city on horseback, the Norfolk Southern building is in view from Castleberry Hill, a popular filming neighborhood.
The first season poster image was captured from the Jackson Street Bridge in Old Fourth Ward, one often recreated by fans. Fans can see the downtown streets where he seeks safety inside a tank at Forsyth and Walton streets.
On the Westside, the Goat Farm Arts Center featured heavily in the “Vatos” episode (as well as in The Hunger Games). Bellwood Quarry has also been used as the group’s early campsite, but it’s under construction to become a public park. On Bolton Road, you can see the “hospital” where Rick first encountered the dead, but it’s actually the offices of the Atlanta Mission.
Rick’s home in season one is a real house in Grant Park at Cherokee Avenue and Grant Park Place. Morgan’s house is around the corner at Ormond and Rawlins streets. The group also went to the Centers for Disease Control, which used the Cobb Energy Centre as an exterior location.
Recently, Tyler Perry Studios at Fort McPherson has been used as “The Kingdom,” but it’s not open to tours. But the former Army base is sometimes partially open for special events.
Senoia is ground zero for filming from season three to the present. Downtown Senoia was used as Woodbury, the home of notorious villain The Governor. Here fans can see where Andrea and the Governor had an intense conversation, where Sasha and Tyrese guarded the wall, and the train tracks where Terminus signs were placed.
Just outside of town, you can see the “pudding house” where Carl enjoyed a Costco-sized can of chocolate pudding and the “claimer house” where Rick hid from the Claimers.
Crook Road has been used in many scenes for its long and empty stretch. It was here that Rick and Daryl chase Jesus after he steals their truck, where Bob is picked up and taken to the prison, and where Enid and Carl go rollerskating in one of the show’s lighter moments. The waterfall at Elders Mill was the site of the “Ricktatorship” speech after they left the farm at the end of season two. Call ahead to tour it.
But the area is also home to the Alexandria set, a real neighborhood that is off-limits to visitors. Another location in Senoia is Raleigh Studios where the sets for the prison and other iconic locations took place.
In season 2, Maggie and Glenn visit a pharmacy in search of medical supplies, including a pregnancy test for Lori. The tiny town was also the site of the bar where Herschel went in search of a drink but ran into two bad guys. Both buildings are on Sharpsburg’s main street.
Newnan boasts the Caldwell Tanks on Broad Street, the site of the iconic Walker Arena scenes when brothers Daryl and Merle are pitted against one another surrounded by walkers. It’s also where Michonne kills the walkers to be used in the arena. It’s closed to the public unless you’re going with Atlanta Movie Tours, but you can sneak a peek through the gate.
And while real-life Grady is in Atlanta, the “hospital” that Beth woke up in is actually on Hospital Road in Newnan. It’s closed, but you might be able to see it through the gate.
The town of Grantville was listed for sale on eBay in 2015 after appearing on The Walking Dead as well as in a few other films. It’s the site of a recreation of Morgan’s apartment from the “Clear” episode, complete with his ramblings on the wall.
The building is only open to tour guests, but I was able to go when a local invited me. It was here that Carl and Michonne went to grab a family photo from a closed restaurant. The “Away with You” wall at the top is also here.
There isn’t much to the town of Haralson, but it’s been the site of big scenes in the show. The Esco Mill has been featured in the trailer. The land surrounding it is where Merle shot at the Woodbury crew and where Daryl had to put down Merle, who had been turned. Across the street is the shed where Rick and the Governor had a meeting at Andrea’s urging.
In later seasons, Griffin became the site of a number of scenes. It’s where Daryl and the Claimers sleep in an abandoned auto shop on West Bank Street by the railroad tracks. The group visits a food bank on East Solomon Street in search of provisions.
Fans can see the bridge where Abraham goes “out on a limb” to get some cigars and rockets from a walker hanging off the side. Here Carol shot at Saviors while trying to escape.
The Old County Courthouse, now a veterans affairs building, is where Morgan cut down a walker the Saviors had hung up. It’s also in this area where Abraham and Eugene meet at the Easy Shop Supermarket and the site of the grisly “Bob-B-Q” at the Olde School Textiles & Furnishing.
Glenn follows Nicholas to the pet store in search of supplies at 14 East Main Street but things don’t go according to plan. Later, the infamous Dumpster scene between the two takes place, memorialized with a “selfie spot.” In the neighboring alley, Glenn and Enid argue here about going back to Alexandria.
On the main street, Annie falls and is eaten by the dead. Hampton is also home to Atlanta Motor Speedway, which has been used for its roads like when they went looking for Sophia and when Rick and Michonne did the zombie clothesline.
Most filming in Fayetteville was on its quiet roads like Daryl and Rick’s fight that led to a car crash and when Carl and Rick first spot Siddiq at the gas station. Carol’s Kingdom house was purchased by the show and can be seen from the outside at 774 Old Greenville Road.
The only point that the filming moved from central Georgia was the early scenes when Tara arrived in Oceanside after getting separated from Heath. She washed up on the real-life Driftwood Beach on Jekyll Island, one of Georgia’s barrier islands.
For more filming locations from the show, visit TWDLocations.com.
There are many different companies and groups offering Walking Dead-themed tours, but Atlanta Movie Tours is the original and, in our opinion, the best. We’ve gone on the Big Zombie 1, Big Zombie 2, and Big Zombie 3 tours with them as well as some of their other offerings. They have tours leaving from both Atlanta and Senoia with add-on transportation and lunch. They’re also run by people who have appeared on the show.
Georgia Tour Company is based in Senoia and operates two Walking Dead locations tours as well as one general Senoia film tour and a downtown Senoia food tour.
Walkin Dead Tours in Haralson show the locations in the area like the Esco Mill. Fans are issued fake weapons to defend themselves against walkers. They have their classic tour of the filming locations along with the Walker Encounter with cosplay zombies and Walker for a Day where you get to become one.
Tours to Book
- The Touring Dead Walking Tour
- Walking Dead Big Zombie Tour Part One
- Walking Dead Big Zombie Tour Part Two
- Walking Dead Big Zombie Tour Part 3
- Walking Dead Filming Location Tour in Haralson
- Big Zombie Walking Dead Tour in Senoia
There’s also the Walking Dead Studio Tour, at least for the time being. In 2019, Raleigh Studios opened the studio to tours of some of their sets. They ceased when active filming began, but could continue in the future. These tours included stops at the houseboat lake, the “Heaps,” inside the walls of Alexandria, and what remains of the prison. Photos aren’t allowed in many locations, but it’s still exciting to see.
Events and Experiences
But that’s not all the Walking Dead-related fun fans can have while exploring Georgia.
Walker Stalker Con is the Walking Dead fan convention held all over the world, but the Atlanta location is by far the biggest. The event includes panels, photo ops, and vendor booths. The Senoia Dead Bash is another fan-focused event with celebrity appearances.
Editor’s Note: Due to mismanagement by the parent company with the processing of refunds and limiting fan interactions based on ticket price, we no longer recommend Walker Stalker.
It doesn’t have to be the end of the world to take part in these experiences like the Survivors. Drive your own tank like Rick at Tank Town USA in Morganton. Learn to shoot arrows at the archery ranges at Panola Mountain State Park in Stockbridge.
Take Aikido lessons in Atlanta like Morgan. To visit the real CDC, check out the David J. Sencer CDC Museum. Or test your escape skills at the Zombie Apocalypse Room Escape Adventure. Georgia Mercantile even offers a “Walking Wed” package where a Rick impersonator officiates your big day.
For more experiences straight out of The Walking Dead, check out this list from Explore Georgia.
Where to Eat
Looking for something to eat while you’re touring the locations from the show? There’s a delicious meal not far away.
In Castleberry Hill, grab some of the city’s best barbecue at Smoke Ring BBQ, located right across the street from the Norfolk Southern building and down the street from the starting point of Atlanta Movie Tours.
Down the street from the Cobb Energy Centre, you can chow down on barbecue and craft beer at the Terrapin Taproom at The Battery at SunTrust Park.
While Senoia was once a sleepy town, the show has brought in new businesses, which is great for diners. The most popular stop is Nic + Norman’s, a restaurant owned by Greg Nicotero and Norman Reedus. They serve Southern dishes and healthy options. It’s also where they host watch parties, so you never know who you might see.
But that’s not the only place! Katie Lou’s Cafe has slow-smoked barbecue and breakfast dishes like buttermilk biscuits. Enjoy the paninis and ice cream at Jacob’s Table and get your caffeine fix at Senoia Coffee and Cafe, which appeared on the show and has props on display. Lisa’s Creperie and Bistro Hillary offer French-inspired fare.
In Newnan, enjoy a nice meal at Knife and Stone. In Griffin, J. Henry’s has sandwiches, steaks, and seafood. In Hampton, Rutabaga’s Cafe and Market offers freshly made sandwiches, soups, and salads. Oz Pizza in Fayetteville is perfect for a quick slice. On Jekyll Island, the Driftwood Bistro seems the most appropriate place to eat, just a short walk from the namesake beach.
Where to Stay
Looking for a place to stay while on your Walking Dead pilgrimage? There’s accommodations all along the way.
Atlanta has hundreds of accommodation options all over town, including some near Walking Dead locations. In Grant Park, fans can stay in Airbnb rentals or at The Social Goat Bed & Breakfast is in a 1900 Queen Anne Victorian with uniquely designed rooms.
In Castleberry Hill, the Clarion Inn & Suites Atlanta Downtown is a short walk from the filming locations and Mercedes Benz Stadium. The Westside has Twelve Midtown, a Marriott Autograph Collection property with views of Atlantic Station and beyond. There are also cozy bungalows. And in Cobb County, the Omni Hotel at the Battery Atlanta is the best place to stay near the performing arts center.
Veranda Bed & Breakfast is a historic home right off the main street where Chandler Riggs stayed when he was a young actor commuting from the Atlanta suburbs. The nine guest rooms are decorated with antiques in the 1909 Greek Revival structure.
But once he was a regular on the show, his parents purchased a home in Senoia that they now rent out. The converted 1890 church was used in Pet Sematary 2 and includes memorabilia from the show.
This room in an 1888 mansion in Senoia is another great option for fans of the show looking to stay overnight.
In Grantville, guests can stay in Morgan’s apartment from the “Clear” episode, albeit the one next door from the one actually used for the show. The sprawling space has its own kitchen and Dead-themed bedrooms.
In Haralson, stay in this funky A-frame cabin near some of the best Walking Dead locations. TownePlace Suites in Newnan is a good option near the highway. In Griffin, the Comfort Inn & Suites is cozy, as is this downtown loft with roof access. Enjoy the privacy of a carriage house in Fayetteville. And on Jekyll Island, stay in luxury at the Jekyll Island Club Resort or “rough it” like the Oceanside group at the Jekyll Island Campground.
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Looking for some fan-inspired gear before your trip? There are some great places to pick up the essentials whether you’re in Georgia or online shopping.
The Woodbury Shoppe in Senoia sells the best fan merchandise and has a downstairs museum with items from the show. The Atlanta Movie Tours office in Atlanta also has a nice selection. The Georgia Mercantile has some fan t-shirts as well.