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Top Movies Filmed in WNC

  1. Biltmore Estate:  The Biltmore House was first seen on the big screen in 1952 when The Swan opened starring Grace Kelly.  More than a dozen other major motion pictures filmed on the grand estate including The Clearing, Hannibal, Return to Secret Garden, My Fellow Americans, Richie Rich, and Being There. 
  2. Chimney Rock:  2012 marked 20 years since the release of Last of the Mohicans starring Daniel Day-Lewis.  Widely known for its stunning scenery, Chimney Rock Park was showcased during the film.
  3. Lake Lure:  Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey starred in the 1980's hit Dirty Dancing that started a dancing craze.  Lake Lure has an annual Dirty Dancing Festival in August.
  4. Cold Mountain:  While the 2003 movie was not filmed at the infamous mountain featured in the best-selling Charles Frazier novel Cold Mountain, visitors explore the areas featured in the book.
  5. Downtown Asheville:  The first movie shot in Asheville, Conquest of Canaan, was filmed in the 1920's in what is now Pack Square.
  6. DuPont State Forest:  Mega-movie The Hunger Games filmed in 2011 at this popular hiking and mountain biking area.
  7. Great Smoky Mountains:  The Fugitive, the blockbuster starring Harrison Ford was filmed at Cheoah Dam and Nell with Jodie Foster filmed at Fontana Lake.
  8. Grandfather Mountain:  Several of the running scenes in the 1994 Academy Award winning Forest Gump were shot in the mountains including Forrest running up the curvy road at Grandfather Mountain.
  9. Blue Ridge Parkway:  Both Patch Adams and The Green Mile filmed on the Blue Ridge Parkway.
  10. Black Mountain:  28 Days starring Sandra Bullock was filmed in 1999 at a conference center that is substituted as the mental institution.