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Henry River Ghost Town

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Henry River Road, Hildebran, North Carolina 28602 USA

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  • Abandoned Place
  • TV Filming Location

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This place is on private property. Listing for informational purposes only. Please do not visit without express permission from the land owner.

Huddled in the hills of North Carolina -- not too far outside of Hildebran but clear on the other side of the county from Broughton, the state's largest mental hospital -- there lies a ghost town named Henry River. The abandoned homes and company store are always eerie, but there is something in the light of dusk that makes them even more so: gap-toothed windows sprout trees; slack doors open to nothing. Built in the early 1900's around a textile mill, the town peaked fast but fell soon. In fact, it hardly made it past sixty -- an age most of us would deem too young to die. In its time, however, Henry River was remarkable: it generated its own electricity and operated under its own currency; it ran its own school and its own church; swam in its own swimming hole and churned its own moonshine, but the community that once thrived now sits as empty as an unpaired shoe.

This is also the filming location of 2012 box office hit movie, The Hunger Games. 

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August 16, 2014

Glad we stopped. It is an interesting glimpse into what the ag town must have been like.

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August 3, 2014

Very nice place to visit if you like historic land marks. I hope this area can be preserved for future generations to see.

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Rated 3.0 August 2, 2014

Cool place to see, specially if you are a Hunger Games fan

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May 13, 2014

Eerie but very cool place to visit.

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October 28, 2014

With the changing leaves it was quite beautiful. The owner was sitting out front of the main building and very friendly. I'm glad I stopped.

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