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Hailey Van Parys: Take a stroll through The Walking Dead sights
Senoia offers glimpse into hit TV show
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A wall is shown outside Alexandria, one of the main settings on “The Walking Dead.” - photo by HAILEY VAN PARYS

If you’re a big “The Walking Dead” fan, chances are you know it’s filmed in Georgia.

From downtown Atlanta to one-stoplight towns, walkers and stalkers alike flock to see places from the zombie apocalypse.

Characters bounce from place to place on the show, but a few are iconic for the show’s diehard viewers. I consulted the internet to get an address (1 Main St., Senoia) and headed south to explore the places myself.

One of the staple places in the hit show is the fictional Woodbury, which is featured heavily in the third season. For fans of the AMC network’s series, it’s a must-see attraction and the easiest to find.

In the show, Woodbury is a walled-off town that an evil governor runs and controls. And when main characters enter the town and meet the new group of survivors, chaos ensues.

In real life, Senoia is a sleepy town tucked in the middle of nowhere in Coweta County.

The main street of Senoia was given a makeover to match the dystopian world the show portrays, including unmowed lawns and a fake building front with a “Woodbury Town Hall” sign.

An official Walking Dead Cafe has also popped up in recent years to sell everything from coffee to T-shirts, but it closes at 5 p.m. So get there early.

A few spots down is the burger and “non-burger” joint Nic & Norman’s. The restaurant is owned by Norman Reedus and Greg Nicotero, who are both involved in the show. Reedus portrays viewer-favorite and lovable redneck Daryl Dixon, and Nicotero is a director of the show.

If you plan to grab a bite at Nic & Norman’s, I recommend the meatloaf, especially if you like mashed potatoes and gravy.

Unfortunately, the town hall sign has long since been removed, as are most traces of the town of Woodbury, since filming stopped on Main Street long ago.

There are still reasons to visit though.

Another pivotal setting in the show is the safe zone Alexandria, which was featured in the show’s fifth season. But if you want to see it up close, you are out of luck.

No one can gain access, unless you live in the homes they use. The neighborhood is blocked off with a huge corrugated tin fence and is heavily guarded at all times since it is used for filming still.

However, you can see the tops of the houses and the fence if you are interested and can take a selfie in front of it.

The Senoia neighborhood is not the only spot limited to fans. It is nearly impossible to reach the locale where most of season two was filmed — a farm off Chestlehurst Road in Senoia, which acted as veterinarian Hershel Greene’s farm.

Not only that, but Chestlehurst Road is home to the infamous prison known as the West Georgia Correctional Facility on the show. Most of the characters lived there for the duration of season three and part of four.

The film set is actually the back lot of Raleigh Studios, which you can’t get to unless you know someone.

Also off in the middle of nowhere in Fulton County is the intersection from the very first scene of the show when main character Rick Grimes (played by Andrew Lincoln) searches for gas and sees his first zombie. The area in question is between Cascade Palmetto Highway and Ga. 92, which intersect in Campbellton.

If you tire of driving around rural locales, Atlanta is home to scenes from the first episode and season of “The Walking Dead.”

In the first episode, Grimes wakes from his coma in a hospital room to find the world has deteriorated into chaos after the outbreak of the zombie apocalypse. The hospital is a commercial building at 2353 Bolton Road in Atlanta.

A few scenes later, Rick visits his former home to find his family, who have sought shelter elsewhere. The house is on the 800 block of Cherokee Avenue, directly across from Grant Park and close to Zoo Atlanta.

The place used to recreate the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, where Grimes and his crew look for a possible cure, is the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center at 2800 Cobb Galleria Parkway.

Finally, season four and five’s main spot, Terminus, can be found at 793 Windsor St. SW in Atlanta.

The show’s first episode of the seventh season premiered last Sunday. It was renewed for a eighth season before the first episode of this season aired.

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