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Hickory, North Carolina: Hunger Games: Henry River Mill Village

An old cotton mill village and dam were mostly ignored -- until they appeared in The Hunger Games.

Henry River Rd, Hickory, NC
I-40 exit 119 or 119A. Drive south on Henry River Rd for one mile, then turn left into the Mill Village site. If you cross the river you've gone too far.
W-F 10-3, Sa-Su 10-5 (Call to verify) Local health policies may affect hours and access.
Tours $15, must be booked in advance.
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Henry River Mill Village.

Hunger Games: Henry River Mill Village

Well worth the visit.

[Kathie, 04/15/2024]

This deteriorating cotton mill village was anonymous and forgotten -- until it appeared as District 12 in the first "Hunger Games" movie. Now fans can take a tour of it.

Hunger Games: Henry Creek Mill Village

The 15 bucks for the tour isn't bad and the money goes to preservation. There is a small parking lot next to town's former general store -- the "bakery" from the Hunger Games movie (just the first movie, District 12). You can also walk around Katniss' house. They have renovated a few of the homes and are currently renting them out as BnB-style rooms. I had a great time and the guides were very knowledgeable and humorous. It's definitely worth the visit if you are in the area, or if you are looking to see something different. There are many hidden underground tunnels on the property, too.

[Ryan Chris, 01/18/2022]
Hunger Games: Henry River Mill Village

There are gates up, with private property signs.

[Brian, 08/06/2020]

The Village is now only accessible as part of a paid tour.

Henry River Mill Village.

Hunger Games - Henry River Mill Village

This is an interesting and easy-access site, but it's beginning to show wear from vandals. My wife and kids went there in April 2015, then my wife and I went December 2015, and the photos we took show lots of graffiti. We drove around the site, walked a bit, and took photos. It had just rained and the dam was overflowing, Katniss would never have gotten across. While we were there a cop drove through, I guess just checking on us, but he never said anything and did not indicate we needed to leave.

[Ralph Calhoun, 01/05/2016]

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