The first season of The Walking Dead features one of the most idyllic locations of the series. The Bellwood Quarry is where scenes from five episodes were shot, including the one pictured above in which Shane, Daryl, and Rick have some guy time.
The quarry is currently on track to become a 1.9 billion gallon reservoir, and the locations used in The Walking Dead will be at the bottom of all that water. The water currently in the quarry is from rain and runoff, and is filtered through the surrounding granite.
The bottom of the quarry is where most of the scenes from The Walking Dead were filmed. It is beautiful, and tranquil, and at 10 a.m. in late June, really freaking hot.
The contrasts in shape and color left by blasting and mining the rock are themselves mesmerizing works of art.
It is difficult to comprehend that the beauty and serenity of the quarry are a result of excavation by humans and machines.
In addition to the planned reservoir, Bellwood Quarry and the surrounding land are slated for an enormous park. It would be incorporated into the Westside Beltline, and be the largest recreation area in the city of Atlanta.
There is no public access to the quarry at this time. The City of Atlanta was gracious enough to allow me to accompany Glennis Curry and Nate Greenhowe on a tour with other members of the Department of Watershed Management. They were incredibly informative, and even allowed me to take a few chunks of the beautiful raw stone for a souvenir.
I am really grateful to have had the opportunity to see this Walking Dead location before it is covered in water. A big thank you to walkingdeadlocations.com for once more assisting me in identifying the location of the quarry, and to The Walking Dead Ultimate Fanatics for consultation and distribution.
Let me know in the comments if there are any Atlanta area filming locations you'd like me to cover, and I will do my best to get it done!