Day Trip Covington, Georgia

This is the perfect day trip for any film junkie! Located about 30 miles south of Gwinnett County, lies the charming Covinting, Georgia. Covington has an extensive history in the film industry. 

Covington is famously known as the backdrop of Mystic Falls in  the hit  TV series ‘The Vampire Diaries’. Filmed from 2009 -2017, the show resided  in this location for eight seasons. Not to mention movies such as ‘Dukes of Hazzard’, ‘Remember the Titans’, ‘My Cousin Vinny’ have Covington as a backdrop to their film. Within one trip, you can visit  dozens of locations from your favorite movies and TV shows . Be your own tour guide and discover the “Hollywood of the South.” 

People sitting in front of Mystic Grill

Photo courtesy: Explore Georgia


1954 – ‘A Man Called Pete’

Dating back to 1954, Covington’s First United Methodist Church was used for the church exterior shots in the Oscar nominated film, “A Man Called Peter”.
(113 Conyers St Sw Covington, GA)


2009 –  2017 ‘The Vampire Diaries’

Covington is filled with many ‘Vampire Diaries’ locations, but not many you can actually dine at! Famously known as the Mystic Grill, visitors can dine just like the characters. Feels like you’re right on set.
(1116 Clark St SW, Covington, GA 30014)


2010 – ‘Footlose’

In 2010, ‘Footloose’ was stationed in Covington from September to November. With the quaint southern charm of the square, Covington was the ideal location to bring the movie to life. Covington’s Historic Courthouse was a recognizable location that you couldn’t miss! And fun fact,  the actual residents played as extra in the scene.
(1124 Clark St SW, Covington, GA 30014)


2011 – Flight

The 2011 film, ‘Flight’ follows a pilot, played by Denzel Washington, attempting to land a plane in destruction.Talk about an epic scene! You may not be looking at much now, but the fields on Green Valley Farms were the site of the staged created the plane crash.(400 Green Valley Farm Rd, Covington,)


2014 – ‘Selma’

One of Covington’s Historic Courthouse’  scenes is in the 2014 film, ‘Selma’. The location was presented as Hotel Albert, as the  scene depicts Dr. Martin Luther King’s bid to secure voting rights for African Americans in Alabama. This filming location is a forever staple in the history of film.
(1124 Clark St SW, Covington, GA 30014)


Let’s be real, we know you’re going to go back and watch the movies again after this day trip! It’s a part of the process. But now you can officially say you’ve been on the set of an oscar-winning film. I mean, you wouldn’t be lying. Covington is a place to return time and time again, because you’ll only discover more! That’s a wrap on Covington, GA.