The city of Covington, Georgia is a beautiful little southern town, with a charming downtown area located in a peaceful country setting. Don’t let the small town look deceive you though, Covington, Ga has been used as a great filming destination and movie buffs looking for things to do in Georgia visit frequently. Over the years, so many TV shows and feature films have been produced in the city of Covington that it has been renamed the Hollywood of the South. Who knows what celebrity you’ll see walking down the street during your Hollywood South vacation!
In 1954 Covington earned the nickname, Hollywood of the South, when the movie: “A Man Called Peter”, was filmed in the area. This production triggered a landslide of Hollywood activity in Covington. The Hollywood influence spans from “My Cousin Vinny,” to “Remember the Titans.” Reese Witherspoon graced the town while filming the movie, “Sweet Home Alabama” and Covington, Ga is the city where The Vampire Diaries is filmed.
In the 1970’s, fan favorite “Dukes of Hazzard” was filmed in Covington. As of today, over 60 films have been filmed in Covington and Newton County. Yes, the Hollywood of the South, the town of Covington has been viewed by millions on the silver screen throughout the years, but more importantly, the Hollywood influence has brought a boom in tourism and economic growth to help build the bustling town.
Covington developed the “Walk of Stars” program to pay homage to the Hollywood influence and provide visitors seeking things to do in Georgia a taste of Hollywood. Tourists and locales alike can see the paver marked filming locations and learn about the movies and actors who have shaped the film history of Covington. The Vampire Diaries have their own paver by the law offices and the Cannonball Run’s block is close to Square Perk, where it was filmed. There will be over 30 pavers lining downtown Covington. So, next time you are looking for tourist attractions in Georgia, be sure to plan a visit to see for yourself why Covington is called the Hollywood of the South.