It’s no secret that Atlanta, Georgia, and the surrounding area is known as a hotspot of filming locations for TV shows and movies alike. AMC's “The Walking Dead” is likely one of the most well-known TV series filmed in the greater Atlanta area.
While there are numerous tour companies that will take you on a tour of film locations, many of the locations are also accessible on your own. While I was in Atlanta for a recent event, my nerdy car crew girls and I explored some of AMC’s “The Walking Dead” filming locations.
If you haven’t watched “The Walking Dead” yet and plan to, please note this post contains spoilers from several seasons.
Thanks to Lexus for loaning us their new RX 450h F Sport to check out filming sites around Atlanta. As always, all opinions are our own.
First stop, Target. While Target isn’t a “The Walking Dead” filming location, it’s a basic stop we all have to make—especially when you want to grab some items for your day, like water and snacks. You have to stay hydrated on your road trip. The Lexus 2020 RX 450h AWD F Sport isn’t overly spacious but has more than enough room for a couple of suitcases, cases of water, and such without the 3rd-row option.
Driving the Lexus 2020 RX 450h AWD F Sport through the great Atlanta-metro area made me realize how much I love a luxury SUV and a hybrid. Smooth handling, quiet ride, great mileage, and sexy lines make this vehicle on the list of rides I’d consider the second I can downgrade to a smaller SUV for my family.
We also stopped by a cool mural in our travels.
Visiting The Walking Dead Filming Locations in Atlanta in the Lexus 2020 RX 450h AWD F Sport
Post-Apocalyptic Atlanta Overlook from the Jackson Street Bridge
S1E1. Fans of “The Walking Dead” easily recognize the view overlooking Atlanta’s skyline from the Jackson Street Bridge in S1 E1. Even without it being an iconic view from a TV series, it’s a beautiful location for a photo overlooking the city. This spot is the perfect spot for any #TWD fan to take a selfie overlooking the city.
Post-Apocalyptic Atlanta Overlook
Jackson Street Bridge
Jackson St NE, Atlanta, GA 30312
S1E5. The Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center is home to the site of CDC building, which first appeared S1 E5 of TWD. In that episode, the group reaches the CDC while in search of answers. They are reluctantly allowed in by Dr. Edwin Jenner, who is the CDC’s last remaining employee. After a night of drinking, the generators run out of fuel and the crew narrowly escapes before the building self-destructs.
The Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center
2800 Cobb Galleria Pkwy, Atlanta, GA 30339
S1E1-5. AMC's “The Walking Dead” filmed several episodes in S1 at The Westside Park at Bellwood Quarry. The Quarry was where the camp scenes with all of the survivors were filmed in E1-E5. When we arrived at the Westside Park at Bellwood Quarry, the quarry filming locations closed due to construction at the site.
Bellwood Quarry, Atlanta, 30318
The Westside Park at Bellwood Quarry, in addition to being a “The Walking Dead” filming location, was also used as a location for the filming of the scene where the fake body of Will was found at Sattler Quarry in S1 of Netflix’s “Stranger Things.” It was also used as a filming location in S4 E14 of “The Vampire Diaries,” a scene in Mockingjay Part 1, as well as the final scene of The Fundamentals of Caring. The quarry is currently a major green space project; during the construction of the reservoir and the park, the area is closed to the public and trespassers will be arrested.
While we only visited a few locations due to extremely limited time constraints, there are quite a few other shooting locations you can visit right in the greater Atlanta Metro area.
S1 E1; This is the house Morgan and Duane take Rick to recuperate to after knocking him out with a shovel. This is a private residence.
GPS: 33.73149, -84.37514
S1 E1. This is the house Rick rides the bicycle back to after leaving the hospital. This is a private residence.
GPS: 33.73211, -84.37373
S1E1. This building serves as Rick's Sheriff's Station. Rick, Morgan, and Duane travel here to shower and secure guns and vehicles.
GPS: 33.80265, -84.42695
S1E1. This is the hospital where Rick awakens from his coma, wanders outside, and becomes aware of what's happened while he was in a coma.
GPS: 33.81979, -84.46015
S1E1. This is the intersection where the tank was located that Rick passed, and then later hid inside, in Atlanta.
GPS: 33.75598, -84.39037
S1E1. This is the building where Rick saw the reflection of a helicopter after passing the tank.
GPS: 33.75686, -84.3921
S1E1. After seeing the helicopter reflection, Rick rides after the helicopter, rounds a corner, and encounters a horde of zombies. The zombies then chase him back in the direction of the tank, kill his horse, and force him to take refuge in the tank.
GPS: 33.75641, -84.39091
S1E2. After hiding in the tank, Rick receives a radio message from Glenn telling Rick to travel down the block to an open alleyway where they climb a ladder to escape from the zombie horde.
GPS: 33.75578, -84.39068
S1E2. This is the rooftop walkway Rick and Glenn walk along to get from one building to another. This is also where we first meet T-dog and Morales emerge from the building in riot gear to dispose of some “Geeks” in the alley. This is also where Rick and Morales later step out to grab a previously killed walker to use for their guts experiment.
GPS: 33.75148, -84.39498
S1E2. Rick and Glenn travel down this street among the zombies to get the box truck to help save the survivors.
GPS: 33.75185, -84.39469
S1E4. This building is where the scenes were filmed with Rick, T-Dog, Daryl, Glenn, and the Vatos Gang guarding the elderly.
GPS: 33.78535, -84.41673
S1E4. Rick, T-Dog, Daryl, and Glenn accompany the Vatos Gang to the retirement home.
GPS: 33.75458, -84.37579
S5 E6. After entering the parking garage, Daryl and Carol work their way up to the sky bridge connecting the garage with the neighboring buildings.
GPS: 33.7586, -84.3888
Hit By a Car and Taken
S5E6. Seeing a car with markings similar to the one that abducted Beth previously, Carol, Noah, and Daryl rush to try and follow it. Noah falls and when Daryl stops to help him, Carol runs outside and is hit by the car, loaded onto a backboard, and taken.
GPS: 33.75403, -84.38735
Grady Memorial Hospital
S5E6. After resting and tending to wounds, Daryl and Carol finally enter a building where they can see Grady Memorial Hospital through the windows. (This is the view they see looking through the window.)
GPS: 33.75236, -84.3825
Travel by Wagon
S9E1. The group makes their way to The Smithsonian at the beginning of the episode in a wagon at this location.
GPS: 33.74756, -84.38976
S9E1. Filmed near the Georgia Capitol in Atlanta, we see Rick and Michonne riding on horseback to eliminate walkers in the street. The King and the rest of the crew follow behind as they make their way to The Smithsonian. As Daryl approaches by bike, we see a glimpse of the CGI Washington Monument in the background.
GPS: 33.74849, -84.38966
S9 E1. Rick et al travel inside the Georgia State Capitol, which in the show is The Smithsonian, to retrieve a large wagon.
GPS: 33.74899, -84.38811
Leaving The Smithsonian
S9E1. After a near-fatal accident with the wagon from The Smithsonian, the crew loads the farming equipment to travel back to their communities and we see the CGI Capitol building in the background.
GPS: 33.74849, -84.38856