Over the past few months, we’ve put out some teasers with information regarding Georgia’s Undead Trail, developed by the Georgia Office of Tourism & Economic Development. Recently, Explore Georgia with the state-run office put out an updated itinerary on this film trail, including the best spots to visit on your travels. So fans of The Walking Dead, The Originals, and The Vampire Diaries, listen up! A Halloween road trip on Georgia’s Undead Trail is sure to be a killer experience this fall.
If you begin your undead quest in Covington, you’ll then take Interstate 20 to Conyers and Downtown Atlanta, and then head south to visit Senioa and Woodbury. The entire trail spans 93 miles, featuring some of the best places to stop for a spell and enjoy the local sights.
Covington is famously known as the fictional city of Mystic Falls, and welcomes hordes of Vampire Diaries fans each year that traverse the globe just to catch a glimpse of their favorite film locales. However, the community also hosted The Walking Dead for its series pilot, and other haunting productions featuring undead characters, such as The Originals, Sleepy Hollow, Rob Zombie’s Halloween II, and Friday the 13th VI: Jason Lives.
Covington is thrilled to be the first stop on the Undead Trail, and we welcome all Undead Trail-blazers to visit the Newton County Visitors Bureau and Welcome Center just off the square downtown. Here, you can find information regarding our many different tours, Hollywood themed menus at select restaurants, and film attractions, including a local fan favorite, the Mystic Grill. Also, a trip to Covington would not be complete without a visit to the Hollywood of the South® Museum. This new exhibit is the first TV and film museum in Georgia, which houses props, costumes, and very special set pieces from The Vampire Diaries, The Originals, Sleepy Hollow, and other locally-lensed productions.
Photo via Explore Georgia
After you’ve had a bloody good time in Mystic Falls, it’s time to hop back in the car and take a short trip to our neighbor city, Conyers, where the historic downtown area was transformed into New Orleans for many episodes of The Originals. A short walk around Olde Town Conyers will make you crave a fresh beignet, for sure!
Then, it’s time to channel your inner Rick Grimes and follow the rest of the trail to Atlanta, Senioa, and Woodbury for some very special zombie pit stops for The Walking Dead.
If you’d like to learn more about Georgia’s Undead Trail, check out the updated itinerary here. We hope that you’ll enjoy a spooky road trip to see these film sites, and be sure to share your experiences with us by following @GoCovingtonGa on social media, and use hashtags #UndeadTrail and #TalesFromTheTrail!