These 13 Georgia Filming Locations are perfect for a weekend trip to the Atlanta area. All of these Georgia locations made famous by movies and television are just a short road trip away from the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.
I have always loved seeing filming locations in real life, just this year alone I have visited quite a few. Some of my favorites can be found in the post The Best TV & Movie Locations in New Jersey. I grew up in Jersey so I had a pretty good idea of what each of these locations would be like once I was able to see them in person. But I have found that most of the places I visit that I know from television, don’t quite look like they did in whatever show made them famous.
This was the case with the American Pickers store located in the Quad Cities. After seeing how much smaller the building was compared to how it looked on television I became curious about what the other famous locations really looked like when visiting them.
This past week my family took a fun little vacation to the Atlanta Georiga area and made the most of our time there by visiting all of the famous locations from television and movies that we could find. It really shocked me how many filming locations are in the Atlanta, Georgia area. Not only is there a lot of places to see in a small area but all of them are iconic.
Let’s start with my favorite!
Georgia Filming Locations: Ozark House (The Byrde Family Home)
One of the most recognizable homes from recent television has to be the Byrde house made popular by the television series Ozark. This A-frame home is backed up to a beautiful lake and is surrounded by woods. The current owners have No Tresspassing signs posted and have a fence around the perimeter of the property. That doesn’t mean that you can’t take a decent photo from the street but be sure to not cross any lines when trying to snap a shot of this iconic filming location found in Georgia.
The home known as The Byrde Family House from Ozark is located at 6818 Gaines Ferry Rd, Flowery Branch, GA 30542
If you pass up the house and pay a five-dollar admission to get into a nearby park you can get a decent view of the boathouse made famous by the show. Keep in mind that I got this shot by wading in the water after climbing down a steep hill in a heavily wooded area.
So if you aren’t up for that kind of commitment, just snap a shot from the road and head to the next stop on your Georgia famous locations itinerary.
Georgia Filming Locations: Omar Navarro’s Estate
Another iconic Georgia filming location that you may recognize from the hit series Ozark is the estate of the main antagonist, Omar Navarro.
You can find this unique attraction made famous by Ozark at 1680 Westview Dr. SW, Atlanta, GA 30310
Even if you have never watched the show Ozark, this beautiful building is worth a visit. Known as the Westview Abbey, this mausoleum and chapel is made up of many intricate details that will leave you in awe.
The Hawkins Lab from Stranger Things
If you have ever asked the question, Is the Hawkins Lab a real place, you may be interested to know that the building used as the lab in stranger things is the former Georgia Mental Health Facility. While many iconic scenes from Stranger Things were filmed here, the inside shots were filmed inside of a studio.
While there are many Stranger Things locations scattered throughout the state of Georgia, The Hawkins Lab seems to be the most recognizable. Other than the satellite dishes missing from the roof, this building looks much the same as it does on the show.
Be sure to find out if the show is filming before planning your visit because this could limit access to the building. We got lucky and had a security guard wave us in to take some pictures as long as we agreed to not get out of the car. It seems that the cast was away at the time we arrived but we did see lots of trucks and craft services set up so they couldn’t have been too far away. This means that Stranger Things fans can expect a new season soon.
The Hawkins Lab from Stranger Things is located at 1256 Briarcliff Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30306.
Georgia Filming Locations: Walking Dead Town of Woodbury
While I haven’t watched every season of The Walking Dead yet, I am pretty familiar with the first few seasons which feature the town of Woodbury a lot. I was excited to visit this location because I knew I would find lots of fun things from the show in the shops, see the marked pavers on the sidewalk from different movies, and even get the chance to visit one of the castmember’s of The Walking Deads‘ restaurants while there.
My favorite character in the show so far is Daryl Dixon, played by Norman Reedus so I was excited to find out that he had a restaurant right on the main street of town. The menu has something for everyone and any fan of the show would enjoy a stop at Nic & Norman’s Restaurant, especially since it gives you a chance to get out of the Georgia heat for a few minutes.
The Walking Dead town of Woodbury can be found at Main St, Senoia, GA 30276
Georgia Filming Locations: Benny’s Burgers
Another fun location from the show Stranger Things is Benny’s Burgers. This is the restaurant that Eleven stole french fries from and the owner, Benny gave her some clothes and food. The real place is actually called Tiffany’s Kitchen and it is located at 7413 Lee Rd, Lithia Springs, GA 30122.
Georgia Filming Locations: The Quarry
You may recognize the Bellwood Quarry in Atlanta Georgia as a backdrop to quite a few popular television shows. This location was used in Stranger Things multiple times and it can be seen in The Walking Dead as well as the television show The Hunger Games.
The famous quarry from Stranger Things, The Walking Dead, and many others is located at Bellwood Quarry Chappell Rd NW, Atlanta, GA 30318
Georgia Filming Locations: Whistle Stop Cafe
Ever since I watched the movie Fried Green Tomatoes as a little kid I have wanted to visit the Whistle Stop Cafe. There is something about the small town depicted in the film that seemed so welcoming and of course I wanted to try some Fried Green Tomatoes while I was there.
This turned out to be a little more difficult than one would think but lucky for me I had my mother-in-law along for the trip and she gave me some insider info that I am excited to share in an upcoming post dedicated to the town of Juliette and the Fried Green Tomatoes movie experience.
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The Whistle Stop Cafe can be visited at 446 McCrackin St, Juliette, GA 31046
Fried Green Tomatoes House/Railroad Tracks
While many people are familiar with the world-famous Whistle Stop Cafe from the movie Fried Green Tomatoes, there are other locations fans should add to their itinerary, the famous railroad tracks, and the Threadgoode home.
This beautiful area is not only a must-see for fans of the movie but even those who haven’t watched the film will enjoy a stroll through the beautiful scenery here. The railroad tracks and house are best known from the part of the movie where the accident happens.
The bridge is where Ruth and Idgie watch Buddy try to retrieve Ruth’s hat before tragedy strikes. The next scene shows the family running across the street to the tracks and you can see the house in the background.
The Threadgood home is located at 204 Bridge St, Senoia, GA 30276, and the famous bridge is right across the street.
Sleepy Hollow Farm
Another fun location for Stranger Things fans to visit while in the area is Sleepy Hollow Farm. This is where you will find Hopper’s cabin, a pumpkin patch, and a corn maze that you may recognize from Stranger Things.
Sleepy Hollow Farm is located at 628 Sleepy Hollow Rd, Powder Springs, GA 30127
Georgia Filming Locations: Downtown Hawkins
Downtown Hawkins is located at 101 E 2nd St, Jackson, GA 30233. Just punch in that address and park. Stroll through the area to see many locations you will remember from the show including the general store that Joyce worked at, the Radio Shack that Bob worked at, the library, and many other locations you will remember from Hawkins.
Fans can head into the alley behind the Roots Outdoors store to see the location of the Steve Harrington fight scene. On your way there you will see a giant Stranger Things mural on the side of the store that you won’t want to miss.
Georgia Filming Locations: My Cousin Vinny Sac-O-Suds
This road trip of iconic Georgia filming locations wouldn’t be complete without a stop for snacks and drinks. The best place to do this while enjoying famous locations in Georgia is at the Sac-O-Suds from My Cousin Vinny.
This convenience store sells souvenirs for fans and plenty of snacks for your Georgia road trip. You can even pick up some boiled peanuts for the road or get a picture of a can of Two Yutes Tuna.
The Sac-O-Suds made famous by the movie My Cousin Vinny is located at 54 GA-16, Monticello, GA 31064
My Cousin Vinny Courthouse
Visit the backdrop of some of the most iconic scenes from the movie My Cousin Vinny in the town of Monticello Georgia. Visit the courthouse as well as many of the businesses on Forsyth Street that can be seen in the movie.
The Courthouse from My Cousin Vinny is located at126 W Greene St, Monticello, GA 31064
Georgia Filming Locations: Madea’s House
While there are many locations made famous by Tyler Perry in the Atlanta area, the most iconic may be Madea’s House. Most of my favorite scenes took place here and it’s so much fun to see in person. For fans that just can’t get enough of the scenery, there is an Airbnb right across the street that gives you the perfect view for your entire stay.
Madea’s House is located at 1197 Avon Ave SW, Atlanta, GA 30310
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