Hunger Games a boon to Western Carolina tourism

In this image released by Lionsgate, Jennifer Lawrence portrays Katniss Everdeen in a scene from 'The Hunger Games.' The vast majority of the forest scenes were filmed in Western North Carolina.  (AP Photo/Lionsgate, Murray Close)

In this image released by Lionsgate, Jennifer Lawrence portrays Katniss Everdeen in a scene from "The Hunger Games." The vast majority of the forest scenes were filmed in Western North Carolina. (AP Photo/Lionsgate, Murray Close)

CEDAR MOUNTAIN, N.C. — Tammy Hopkins is keeping track of the no-show states.

So far, Hopkins, co-owner of the Hunger Games Fan Tours in Brevard, has counted only nine states who have not sent visitors to one of the sold-out tours at DuPont State Recreational Forest where they can “relive” the adrenaline of the blockbuster movie partly filmed there.

The tours, which attracted some 700 movie fans this year, range from four-hour walks to three-day adventure weekends that include filming locations, archery lessons and “Hunger Games” lunches, helped contribute to record-setting visitation to the state forest in Henderson and Transylvania counties.

David Brown, DuPont Forest supervisor, said that visitation through the end of October hit 327,000, an all-time high. And there’s still two months left in the year to count. The forest had a total of 250,000 visitors for all of 2011.

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