Record Number of Visitors at DuPont State Recreational Forest
Aside from being a beautiful park to visit, thanks to ‘The Hunger Games’ visitor numbers to the DuPont State Recreational Forest in North Carolina have sky-rocketed, breaking the record for the number of visitors in a year by reaching 327,000 by the end of October.
“People have really discovered this place,” said Forest Supervisor David Brown, who estimated that visitation has tripled since rangers first started tracking it in 2002. Last year, roughly 250,000 people visited the forest. Since then, publicity surrounding its mountain biking trails, waterfalls and role in the filming of the popular “Hunger Games” movie has drawn thousands more.
The March premiere of “The Hunger Games” — and subsequent DVD release in August — lured hundreds more visitors hoping to see where star Jennifer Lawrence, who played “Katniss,” crossed Triple Falls and plunged into a pool below Bridal Veil Falls.
Brevard-based Hunger Games Fan Tours sold out all of its main-season events and were half-full for November, a pleasant surprise for co-owner Tammy Hopkins. Bookings for 2013 tours have already begun filling up, she said, “and we haven’t even started advertising them yet.”
“We just got the dates and we’ve already pre-sold the weekend adventure tours because so many grandmas are calling up looking for Christmas presents,” Hopkins said.”
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