Hunger Games – DuPont Forest Half Marathon – April 21, 2012 – Transylvania County, NC

DuPont Forest is getting quite a bit of buzz since portions of The Hunger Games movie were filmed there.  What better way to experience DuPont Forest than to run through it for a couple of hours.  If you missed the DuPont Forest 12k, there’s another chance with the DuPont Forest Half Marathon which takes place on April 21, 2012.

Here’s an excerpt from a story posted at

Hollywood is calling and it’s hungry for the mountains of North Carolina.

Of the state’s 100 counties, Transylvania County, on the western side, has come into focus with movie producers.

“My phone has been ringing off the hook,” says Tammy Hopkins, Film Liaison and TCArts Council Director for the City of Brevard and Transylvania County.

The area is known as the ‘Land of Waterfalls’, scored the production of The Hunger Games, one of 2012’s most anticipated movies. It hits theatres March 23rd.

Back in 2011 when the North Carolina tourism and film office announced we got The Hunger Games we had people starting to call. If you’ve read the book, the center of the games where the teams have to eliminate each other all happens in the woods. People knew it had to be up here in western North Carolina,” Hopkins said.

Those fans were right. Transylvania County is lush, green, and home to more than 250 waterfalls. The DuPont State Recreational Forest, where many Hunger Games scenes were shot, is just one of three forests in the area. With an average yearly rainfall of 90 inches, each season offers a different landscape.

“They were scouting locations in February 2011 and came back in April. Area park rangers told movie scouts the forest is going to change every month. Things will be coming into bloom and water flows will be different.” Hopkins adds, “Word on the street is they started shooting in May and came back every month through September.”

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