North Carolina Lakes Featured in Famous Movies

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The beautiful Tar Heel State has been the backdrop for many famous movies and TV shows with our rolling mountains, scenic cities and beautiful North Carolina coast.

North Carolina’s lovely lakes and waterfalls have also appeared in some films that you may have in your movie collection.

Lake Lure – Dirty Dancing

You can’t talk about famous lakes in North Carolina without talking about Lake Lure and Dirty Dancing!

While the fictional Kellerman’s Resort was located in the Catskills, the actors and actresses actually had “the time of their lives” in Lake Lure near the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Westport Marina, one of Lake Norman's best marinas for boat rentals, put together a list of North Carolina lakes featured in major movies.

A boys’ camp that was once located there was used for the staff cabins in the movie and the gymnasium was used to create the banquet room where Baby and Johnny performed their famous routine and that epic lift.

Lake Lure hosts a Dirty Dancing Festival every August where fans can enjoy two days of live music, dance lessons and endless lake lifts.

Lake Norman – Talladega Nights

Dear Lord Baby Jesus…

A Lake Norman mansion was where millions of movie-goers watched Ricky Bobby say grace to little tiny baby Jesus before the family has a meal of fast food.

The home, which was sold for $4 million in March, overlooks Lake Norman and has its own beach!

The former homeowner told Lake Norman Magazine that the family lived in the home while film crews shot the scenes. She said that the production crew took over every room except the family bedrooms, kitchen and master bathroom.

Fontana Lake – Nell

Fontana Lake, which is located in the Nantahala National Forest near the Great Smoky Mountain National Park, was the location for the movie Nell, a 1994 drama about a young woman who was raised in isolation in rural North Carolina.

Westport Marina, one of Lake Norman's best marinas for boat rentals, put together a list of North Carolina lakes featured in major movies.

The outside scenes from the movie where filmed at a cabin located right off Fontana Lake. That cabin has since been torn down, but people can still hike a trail where it once stood.

The Cherokee Hiking Club has even put together a guide on how to get to the former cabin site and points of interest that have significance to the movie.

DuPont State Recreational Forest – The Last of the Mohicans and The Hunger Games

DuPont State Recreational Forest is best known for its breathtaking waterfalls and Hollywood has taken notice of these North Carolina gems.

Hooker, High, Triple and Bridal Veil Falls were featured in the 1992 movie, The Last of the Mohicans.

There are a few significant scenes in The Hunger Games where movie watchers can see the waterfalls. Bridal Veil Falls is the location where Katniss jumps into a pool of water after being burned. And Katniss runs across the rocks at the base of Triple Falls while she tries to find Peeta, and nearly steps on him because he is disguised as a rock.

Westport Marina, one of Lake Norman's best marinas for boat rentals, put together a list of North Carolina lakes featured in major movies.

For Hunger Games fans, here is a breakdown of how to get to those spots in DuPont State Recreational Forest where the blockbuster movie was filmed.

There have been more than 800 films shot in our gorgeous state of North Carolina and we’re always ready for our close up here at Westport Marina!

Be sure to book your rental boat for a day out on Lake Norman as soon as possible because we fill up fast here. Also while you’re motoring out on the waters, be sure to tag #SummerAtWestport on your photos so you can be featured on our social media and website.